J.K. Rowling Blasts New Transgender Bill On International Women’s Day

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“Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling has managed to enrage trans-rights activists yet again by objecting to a bill that will allow people to legally change their gender at 16-years-old.

In Rowling’s home country Scotland, the country’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, introduced a Gender Recognition Reform Bill, which will allow people who identify as transgender to obtain a gender recognition certificate, and be issued a new birth certificate with their preferred gender.

The proposed law will also strike down the currently mandated gender dysphoria diagnosis and two year waiting process that is required before one can obtain a gender recognition certificate. The reform bill will also reduce the minimum age requirement from 18 to 16.

A fan tweeted that “men are self identifying in to female sexual assault recovery services,” and Rowling responded to the post with a scathing review of the Gender Recognition Reform Bill.

“The law @NicolaSturgeon’s trying to pass in Scotland will harm the most vulnerable women in society: those seeking help after male violence/rape and incarcerated women. Statistics show that imprisoned women are already far more likely to have been previously abused,” she replied.

“Multiple women’s groups have presented well-sourced evidence to @NicolaSturgeon’s government about the likely negative consequences of this legislation for women and girls, especially the most vulnerable,” Rowling continued in a follow-up.

“All has been ignored. If the legislation is passed and those consequences ensue as a result, the @SNP govt can’t pretend it wasn’t warned,” she concluded.

When one Twitter user asked if Rowling really wanted her “legacy to die on this hill,” the author responded, “Yes, sweetheart. I’m staying right here on this hill, defending the right of women and girls to talk about themselves, their bodies and their lives in any way they damn well please. You worry about your legacy, I’ll worry about mine.”

Rowling topped off her tweet storm by posting an article written about International Women’s day. “Let’s be honest on International Women’s Day – we have gone backwards, not forwards.” By the fabulous @suzanne_moore,” she captioned.

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