What’s Current: JK Rowling returns human rights award to group that labelled her ‘transphobic’

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  • JK Rowling returns an award from the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization after its president said gender critical views expressed by the author “diminished the identity” of transgender people. In a statement, Rowling writes:

“Kerry Kennedy, President of Robert F Kennedy Human Rights, recently felt it necessary to publish a statement denouncing my views on RFKHR’s website. The statement incorrectly implied that I was 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.”

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Meghan McCarty

Meghan McCarty is an undergraduate student and aspiring journalist living in the United States.