A new Scottish law allows sex change by self-attribution. The writer J.K. Rowling accuses Prime Minister Sturgeon of destroying women's rights and expresses solidarity with counter-demonstrators.
"Harry Potter" author Joanne K. Rowling has once again caused a stir in the debate about the rights of trans people. "No to self-identification," the author wrote on Twitter. It is about a change in the law, according to which trans people in Scotland can change their gender entry without a medical report. The application period for this should also be significantly reduced.
Rowling published a photo of herself with her statement in which she expressed her solidarity with demonstrators in front of the Scottish Parliament. She wears a T-shirt on which the Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon is allegedly described as a "destroyer of women's rights". The word "women" is cut off in the photo Rowling shared, but the same shirt motif with this text can be found in other pictures of demonstrations.
Last year, Rowling said she received death threats from transgender activists after sharing an ironic comment about "menstruating people" on Twitter.
Rowling first came under fire in June 2020 for a series of tweets supporting anti-transgender views. Though she denied that her views on feminism are anti-trans, she reiterated her controversial stances in a lengthy essay she published on her website. "Harry Potter" stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint then distanced themselves from her.