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JK Rowling under fire for following a ‘proud transphobe’ on Twitter

Emma Powys Maurice June 25, 2019

JK Rowling has been slammed for following 'anti-trans' tweeter on social media.(John Phillips/Getty Images)

The Harry Potter author JK Rowling has been heavily criticised for following the “self-professed transphobe” YouTuber Magdalen Berns on Twitter.

Berns has uploaded numerous anti-trans videos to YouTube with titles including, “There is no such thing as a lesbian with a penis,” “Gender is NOT a social construct,” and “Non binary bullsh*t.”

Berns has also called for people to stop using the term TERF (trans exclusionary radical feminist), saying it is an attack on free speech.

Rowling’s following of the account was discovered by pro-transgender account Trans Advocate, who tweeted a screenshot and noted that Rowling had followed Berns during Pride month.

Rowling has previously liked a tweet which called transgender women ‘men in dresses’, but when questioned on this Rowling’s representative explained: “I’m afraid JK Rowling had a clumsy and middle-aged moment and this is not the first time she has favourited by holding her phone incorrectly.”

But this latest slip has led fans to suggest that Rowling actually does share Berns’ anti-trans views, particularly in light of the fact that she also follows numerous other  ‘anti-trans’ accounts on Twitter.

The discovery was met with disappointment from many of Rowling’s fans, who say they cannot support the Harry Potter franchise if she shares Berns’ stance on transgender people.


Others have highlighted the harmful impact of someone of Rowling’s fame and influence endorsing these views.

PinkNews reached out to Rowling’s representatives for comment, and were told: “J.K. Rowling won’t be commenting.

However, we know she follows on Twitter a wide range of people she finds interesting or thought-provoking.”

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