What Did J.K. Rowling Say? All The Times the 'Harry Potter' Author Has Been Accused of Transphobia

The author of the Harry Potter series has once again be accused of making anti-trans remarks.

J.K. Rowling is facing backlash for tweeting an article about "people who menstruate" in which she criticized the phrase, implying that she feels it "erases" women.

The author, who also uses the male pen name Robert Galbraith, went on to tweet a further series of comments defending her views.

"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.

"The idea that women like me, who've been empathetic to trans people for decades, feeling kinship because they're vulnerable in the same way as women—ie, to male violence—'hate' trans people because they think sex is real and has lived consequences—is a nonsense."

She added: "If sex isn't real, 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."

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J.K. Rowling accepts an award onstage during the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Hosts 2019 Ripple Of Hope Gala & Auction In NYC on December 12, 2019 in New York City. The author has been accused of making transphobic remarks multiple times. Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for for Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights

Since Sunday's controversy, star of the Harry Potter movies franchise Daniel Radcliffe has responded with a statement in support of transgender people, saying he felt "compelled" to speak out.

"Transgender women are women," he wrote in a blog post for the LGBT suicide prevention charity The Trevor Project.

"Any statement to the contrary erases the identity and dignity of transgender people and goes against all advice given by professional health care associations who have far more expertise on this subject matter than either Jo or I," he wrote.

This is not the first time Rowling has courted controversy with her controversial remarks about trans people or tweeted in support of "gender critical feminists," referred to by trans activists as TERFs—trans-exclusionary radical feminists.

Here's a look back at some of those moments.

In December 2019, Rowling tweeted support for researcher Maya Forstater, a former researcher who made headlines in the U.K. when she lost her employment tribunal against her employer, the Center for Global Development. Forstater's contract was not renewed after she made a number of anti-trans tweets, including saying that "men cannot change into women."

In response, Rowling tweeted: "Dress however you please. Call yourself whatever you like. Sleep with any consenting adult who'll have you. Live your best life in peace and security. But force women out of their jobs for stating that sex is real? #IStandWithMaya #ThisIsNotADrill."

Rowling drew criticism in 2018 for liking a tweet which referred to transgender women as "men in dresses."

In a statement to Newsweek at the time, Rowling's spokesperson said the author swiped the like button on accident.

"It was a mistake—I'm afraid J.K. Rowling had a clumsy and middle-aged moment and this is not the first time she has favorited by holding her phone incorrectly," the spokesperson said.