Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has come under fire for coming out in support of a woman who was fired for her tweets that said transgender women should not be legally recognized. The woman, Maya Forstater, was fired from her job at a thinktank after posting a series of tweets in opposition to the UK government’s proposed plan to reform the Gender Recognition Act to allow people to change their legal gender.
Coming out in Maya’s defence, Rowling on Thursday tweeted,
"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? #IStandWithMaya #ThisIsNotADrill,".
Dress however you please.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) December 19, 2019
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? #IStandWithMaya #ThisIsNotADrill
Replying to Rowling’s tweet for ousting trans people, one user wrote,
‘’Good job on using your huge platform to further marginalise one of the most marginalised groups in society’’.
I grew up as a trans child reading your books as an escape. I would often pick out names from characters to give to myself, before I ever felt comfortable in who I was. This decision, to support people that hate me, and want to do me harm. It brings me to tears... Why. Why?’’ Questioned another fan of Rolwing.
Following her comment, a London employment tribunal on Wednesday upheld Forstater’s former employer’s decision to not renew her employment contract, ruling that her belief on sex that is “a material reality which should not be conflated with ‘gender’ or ‘gender identity’” is not a protected philosophical belief. The court hence ruled that her company’s decision to not consider her for renewed employment for holding this belief was not discrimination.
During the hearing, judge James Tayler described Forstater’s beliefs in the ruling as “absolutist” and “incompatible with human dignity and the fundamental rights of others.”