KEY POINTS

  • J.K. Rowling came under fire for allegedly posting transphobic tweets
  • The "Harry Potter" author said that those who menstruate are called women, but the LGBTQ+ community slammed her because transmen menstruate as well
  • Some fans agreed with Rowling's opinion

"Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling has come under fire for some of her tweets that have been labeled as "transphobic."

On Saturday (June 6), the author made some controversial comments about an op-ed entitled “Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate.” Rowling shared the article on Twitter and gave her two cents on it, which eventually disappointed her fans.

“People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?” she wrote.

However, the post was met by criticism because transmen still menstruate. As a result, the LGBTQ+ community and supporters took to Twitter to  express their dismay and outrage over Rowling’s post.

“I'm a trans man and you broke my heart again. Harry is ashamed of you,” one commented.

“I decided not to kill myself because I wanted to know how Harry's story ended. For a long time, that was all that kept me alive. Until I met my husband who helped me learn to love myself and to want to live. You just insulted him to my face. I hate you,” another wrote.

“I’m so sorry, but please know that the majority of the Harry Potter fan base do not agree with her on this. So the jokes on her, really. Xx,” Millie Gibbs wrote.

“I feel heartbroken for every trans kid who grew up on Harry Potter, only to find out the author of their beloved childhood books is such a transphobic bigot. Congrats on being the contemporary Lovecraft,” another user opined.

Several also questioned Rowling’s logic because there are women who are no long menstruating. Some women who are sick and those who are already in menopause do not fit Rowling’s claim that those who menstruate are called “woman.”

But some also backed Rowling because the author was apparently simply airing her opinion. Others also agreed with Rowling that only women menstruate.

“Hate someone for an opinion, eh? It’s so heartwarming to see society regress back into the Stone Age,” Julian Plummer wrote.

“I reckon actually the majority do agree with her. Only a small selection of fruitcakes think there are more than two sexes,” James David added.

Rowling followed her initial tweet with more posts regarding her stance on the matter. But in one post, she made it clear that she respects every trans person’s rights. In fact, she is "willing to march with them if they were discriminated."

She also insisted that “my life has been shaped by being female” and added “I do not believe it’s hateful to say so.”

J.K. Rowling J. K. Rowling apologized to fans for killing off Dobby. In this photo, the author attends the 70th EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) at Royal Albert Hall on Feb. 12, 2017 in London, England. Photo: Getty Images/Chris Jackson