London, August 28
JK Rowling has returned the Ripple of Hope Award from Robert F Kennedy Human Rights after the group criticised the creator for her latest feedback on transgender individuals.
Rowling was bestowed with the honour in December 2019 for her work with youngsters’s charity, Lumos.
However, earlier this month, Kerry Kennedy, president of RFKHR, issued an announcement, expressing “dismay” over Rowling’s “deeply troubling transphobic tweets and statements”.
In June, Rowling had stirred up an enormous controversy when she criticised an opinion piece that used the phrase “people who menstruate” and posited that dialogue of gender id invalidates organic intercourse.
In her tweets, Rowling had stated that if intercourse isn’t actual, there’s no same-sex attraction.
“If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased. I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives. It isn’t hate to speak the truth,” she wrote.
On Thursday, Rowling posted an announcement on her official web site, saying that Kennedy “incorrectly implied” that she is “transphobic, and that I am responsible for harm to trans people”.
“As a longstanding donor to LGBT charities and a supporter of trans people’s right to live free of persecution, I absolutely refute the accusation that I hate trans people or wish them ill, or that standing up for the rights of women is wrong, discriminatory, or incites harm or violence to the trans community,” she added.
She stated hundreds of girls had obtained in contact together with her to point out their help and known as for a extra nuanced debate.
Rowling stated that she is returning the award to specific solidarity with individuals who supported her and due to the “very serious conflict of views between myself and RFKHR”.
“I am deeply saddened that RFKHR has felt compelled to adopt this stance, but no award or honour, no matter my admiration for the person for whom it was named, means so much to me that I would forfeit the right to follow the dictates of my own conscience,” she conclude her assertion. PTI