JK Rowling has criticized proposed changes to gender recognition reform legislation in Scotland.
If passed, the new law will simplify the way transgender people apply for official gender recognition.
However, Rowling believes this law will “harm the most vulnerable women in society,” who she said are “those who seek help after male violence/rape and incarcerated women.”
The Gender Recognition Reform Act has been in force since 2004 with the same rules. With the new changes, transgender people no longer need to submit medical and psychiatric reports to have their gender recognized.
The official website states: “Applicants must live in their acquired gender for at least three months, with a reflection period of a further three months before a certificate is issued.”
The bill also states that it is an “offence for applicants to make a false affidavit, with a possible penalty of up to two years in prison.”
On Saturday, March 5, Rowling supported an uncorroborated claim that “men self-identify in women sexual assault retrieval services,” writing on Twitter, “Statistics show that incarcerated women are far more likely to have been previously abused.” .”
Her comments divided people, with some expressing the same belief. However, many criticized Rowling, with one person accusing her of “directing hatred towards a protected category”.
TV personality India Willoughby wrote: “Why do you keep saying trans people are a predator / a danger to society? @JK Rowling ? Twenty countries now have self-ID – not one has experienced an epidemic of attacks by “men dressed as women”.
Rowling was previously heavily criticized in June 2020 after criticizing the use of the phrase “people who menstruate” in an article.
“I’m sure there used to be a word for these people,” she wrote, explaining, “Someone help me. whoops? wimpund? woomud?”
While there was a contingent of Twitter users who supported Rowling for her tweet, there were many – including numerous celebrities – who criticized her comment as “anti-trans” and “transphobic,” arguing that she was transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming people can also menstruate.
Rowling later added that she supported transgender rights and opposed being labeled “TERF,” a trans-exclusionary radical feminist.
In an essay, the author addressed the backlash and revealed her experience of surviving alleged domestic abuse and sexual assault.
However, the essay sparked further criticism and many actors from the Harry Potter franchise, including Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, have since expressed their support for trans women.
The charity Mermaids then wrote an open letter to Rowling, explaining why the organization believes the author’s comments are hurting the trans community.
“We would like to begin by offering our solidarity to you as survivors of domestic and sexual abuse,” the letter began, before addressing Rowling’s views.
“To get to the heart of your statement: Trans rights do not come at the expense of women’s rights,” it said.
More recently, the Harry Potter reunion special was titled Return to HogwartsShe appeared to distance herself from the author by captioning her brief segments with a caption that read, “Filmed in 2019.”
The writer shared no new insights for the episode because her appearance accounted for less than 30 seconds of screen time.
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https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/jk-rowling-trans-gender-bill-b2029967.html JK Rowling criticizes Scotland’s new Gender Recognition Act for simplifying gender recognition for trans people