J.K. Rowling believes Harry Potter fans angry over her anti-trans views have misunderstood the bestselling book series. On the latest episode of the podcast “The Witch Trials of J.K.
Rowling”, the author revealed that she knew before speaking on trans issues, that her views would upset many people. READ MORE: J.K.
Rowling Doesn’t Care About Impact Of Controversial Comments On Her Legacy: ‘I’ll Be Dead’ Rowling first entered the conversation on trans issues when she expressed support for Maya Forstater, a tax expert who lost a work contract due to tweets describing trans women as men, eventually taking the employer to court on grounds of discrimination against her beliefs. “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,” Rowling had tweeted at the time. “But force women out of their jobs for stating that sex is real? #IStandWithMaya #ThisIsNotADrill.” Reflecting on that time on the podcast, Rowling said, “When I first became interested and then deeply troubled by what I saw as a cultural movement that was liberal in its methods and was very questionable in its ideas, I absolutely knew that if I spoke out, many folks would be deeply unhappy with me.” She added, “I knew that because I knew… that they believe they were living the values that I had espoused in those books.