JK Rowling criticised for comparing hormone treatments to gay conversion therapy
Harry Potter author JK Rowling has again come under fire for her “transphobic” and “condescending” tweets.
The author, who has previously shared her opinion on trans women, this week faced criticisms after comparing gender-affirming medical treatment for transgender people to gay conversion therapy.
In a series of tweets, Rowling claimed that young trans people with mental health problems were “being shunted towards” hormones and surgery, comparing this to the widely condemned gay conversion therapy.
“Many health professionals are concerned that young people struggling with their mental health are being shunted towards hormones and surgery when this may not be in their best interests,” she said.
Rowling described hormone prescriptions as “anti-depressants”.
“Many, myself included, believe we are watching a new kind of conversion therapy for young gay people, who are being set on a lifelong path of medicalisation that may result in the loss of their fertility and/or full sexual function.”
Many, myself included, believe we are watching a new kind of conversion therapy for young gay people, who are being set on a lifelong path of medicalisation that may result in the loss of their fertility and/or full sexual function. 5/11— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) July 5, 2020
In the thread, Rowling also shared links to support her tweets.
“The long-term health risks of cross-sex hormones have now been tracked over a lengthy period. These side-effects are often minimised or denied by trans activists,” she said.
Rowling said she does not care about other people's bad opinion of her.
“None of that may trouble you or disturb your belief in your own righteousness. But if so, I can’t pretend I care much about your bad opinion of me,” she said.
Rowling's comments sparked a furious reaction from many, including trans people.
UK model and trans activist Munroe Bergdorf said the writer's views were dangerous and doing damage to the mental health of trans children.
Here is a snapshot of what people had to say.
Not once has @jk_rowling stopped to think about the damage she is doing to the mental health of trans kids.— Protect Trans Kids / BLM ✊🏾 (@MunroeBergdorf) July 5, 2020
Not supporting a trans kids transition doesn't stop them from being trans. If anything forcing them to live as a gender they don't identity as, is conversion therapy.
If you want to know what is best for trans people. Listen to trans people.— Protect Trans Kids / BLM ✊🏾 (@MunroeBergdorf) July 5, 2020
More specifically, listen to black trans women who are navigating covid19, racism & transphobia.
Listen to supportive parents of trans kids who have watched their kids flourish after being listened to.
JK Rowling is now openly advocating for conversion therapy for trans kids.— Dr. Emmy Zje 🌺 (@Emmy_Zje) July 5, 2020
As a survivor of an extreme form of homebrew conversion therapy, I say *once again* without reservation that she is a danger to children.
Think, JK Rowling could have done so much as a daily advocate for victims of domestic abuse, using her huge power and influence to speak about an issue that affects thousands every day, but instead she's decided to focus the entirety of her ire on trans people.— Aidan Comerford (@AidanCTweets) July 7, 2020
What a waste.