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Harry Potter fan websites condemn J.Ok. Rowling over transgender rights
On Wednesday, US-based websites MuggleNet and The Leaky Cauldron launched a joint assertion rejecting Rowling's beliefs on transgender rights and detailing their dedication to offering a secure neighborhood the place all really feel welcome.

The assertion comes after Rowling printed an essay she had written about gender identification on her web site. She instantly confronted criticism and condemnation from LGBTQ + activists, who known as it "devastating."

The fan web sites mentioned they’ve applied new insurance policies to distance themselves from the writer, stating that they’ll not cowl her private endeavors (excluding her charity) and received't characteristic images or quotes from the writer.

In addition they mentioned they received't be posting buy hyperlinks or hyperlinks to the writer's web site.

Earlier in June, a number of main stars of the "Harry Potter" film franchise spoke out, with Emma Watson writing on Twitter that: "Trans individuals are who they are saying they’re and need to stay their lives with out being consistently questioned or instructed that they aren 't who they are saying they’re. "

The fan websites mentioned it was "tough" to talk out towards somebody whose work they’ve "so lengthy admired," however they mentioned that it will be improper to not use their platforms to counteract the hurt that Rowling has brought about.

"Our stance is agency: Transgender ladies are ladies. Transgender males are males. Non-binary individuals are non-binary. Intersex folks exist and shouldn’t be compelled to stay within the binary," they mentioned of their assertion.

"Whereas we don't condone the mistreatment JKR has obtained for airing her opinions about transgender folks, we should reject her beliefs," they added.

MuggleNet has greater than 800,000 followers on Fb and The Leaky Cauldron has over 230,000.

CNN has reached out to J.Ok. Rowling's representatives for remark.