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Here’s Why People are Calling J.K. Rowling Transphobic

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J.K. Rowling is currently trending on Twitter and it’s not because she’s about to release a new Harry Potter book.

The British author received backlash online for tweeting in support of 45-year-old Maya Forstater who was fired from her job, over a series of tweets questioning government plans to reform the Gender Recognition Act in order to make it easier for transgender people to self-identify as what they say is their rightful ge​nde​r.

After taking to Twitter to express her shock and disbelief, Forstater attracted a following of supporters using the hashtag #IStandWithMaya, with J.K. Rowling among them.

On Thursday morning, Rowling tweeted her support writing:

“Dress however you please. Call yourself whatever you like. Sleep with any consenting adult who’ll have you. Live your best life in peace and security. But force women out of their jobs for stating that sex is real?”

The tweet was accompanied by the hashtags #IStandWithMaya and #ThisIsNotADrill.

J.K. Rowling’s tweet has drawn criticism from lots of twitter users who refer to her as being transphobic.

Supporters of trans rights are disappointed in the author, with many suggesting that she has misinterpreted the ruling. Others said that Rowling is a “Terf”, an acronym of Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminist to describe people who oppose trans rights on a feminist basis. Some people consider this term to be offensive.

See some of people’s reactions below:

Photo Credit: @jkrowlingclub

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