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Quidditch tournaments change sport name, distance from ‘opposition’ JK Rowling

Author JK Rowling, who appeared here in 2018, has been criticized in recent years for her statements about transgender people. (Joel C Ryan / Invision / AP, File)

NEW YORK (WXIN) – American Quidditch and Major League Quidditch both announced on Wednesday that they had begun the process of changing their names after JK Rowling came under scrutiny for her “anti-transgender stance”.

The sport, inspired by the more magical game Quidditch in the “Harry Potter” book series, is played by nearly 600 teams in 40 countries and has aimed to become one of the most progressive sports ever. around the world on gender equality and inclusion. By implementing rules like Title 9 3/4 and Maximum Gender Rule, teams are required to have no more than four players of the same sex on the field at any one time, allowing women, transgender and non-binary players to participate equally.

Both organizations feel that it is important to uphold this reputation in every respect, believing their name change is a step in the right direction.

“Over the past year or so, both federations have been quietly gathering research to prepare for the move and are in extensive discussions with each other and trademark attorneys about how we can work together to change that.” name change as seamlessly as possible,” MLQ said Commissioner Amanda Dallas in a press release.

LGBTQ+ support groups like GLAAD and human rights campaign, as well as “Harry Potter” actors Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Eddie Redmayne, Evanna Lynch, Bonnie Wright and Katie Leung, have all criticized JK Rowling’s pose.

Rowling was first criticized for her statements about transgender people in December 2019, after she shared support on Twitter for a researcher who lost her job due to the statements she made. related to people not being able to change their biological sex. In June 2020, Rowling caused controversy again when she published an opinion article that used the phrase “menstrual”.

“I’m sure there used to be a word for those people,” Rowling tweeted. “I need some help. Overwhelmed? Wimpund? Awkward? ”

Now, both major Quidditch federations are hoping that the name change will distance JK Rowling and emphasize that they don’t share her beliefs.

“I’m glad USQ and MLQ are moving in this direction,” said Alex Benepe, who co-adjusted the sport in 2005 at Middlebury College in Vermont with Xander Manshel. “Major changes like these don’t come without risk, but I’ve been a strong advocate of making this move for a long time. The sport needs its own space with no limits to its growth potential and the rebranding is crucial to achieving that.”

In addition to its disconnection from JK Rowling, Quidditch is trademarked by Warner Brothers, which limits expansion, sponsorship, and broadcast opportunities. The name change will also help the sport grow and expand beyond current restrictions.

“I believe quidditch is at a turning point. We can either continue the status quo and keep it relatively small, or we can make big moves and really push the sport into the next phase,” said USQ CEO. Mary Kimball said.

Currently, the tournaments are in progress survey with their members about the name change and plan to complete this step of the process by the end of January. Both leagues will retain their initials.

“Since the first season of MLQ in 2015, we have strived to bring a unique game to market by building a brand that is seen as competent, trustworthy, and top-notch,” said Director. MLQ Creative and Marketing Manager Mike Iadveaia said. “While we plan to pursue this name change, we plan to keep the ‘Q’ in our name because we don’t want to break completely from our humble beginnings, nor our reputation. that we’ve worked hard to build with fans, players, volunteers and other Stakeholders.”

New name announcement date is waiting for feedback from members.

https://kfor.com/news/u-s-world/quidditch-leagues-to-rename-sport-distance-themselves-from-anti-trans-jk-rowling/ Quidditch tournaments change sport name, distance from ‘opposition’ JK Rowling

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