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J.K. Rowling Calls Gender Transitioning ‘A New Kind Of Conversation Therapy’

J.K. Rowling went on to compare the measures to "conversion therapy."


Author J.K. Rowling has been in the news lately due to her statements on social media. After the author was slammed over alleged anti-trans tweets last month, she is in the news again. This time the author has created a stir after stating that young people are being “shunted towards” hormones and surgery that may not be in their best interests. She went on to compare the measures to “conversion therapy.”

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“Many, myself included, believe we are watching a new kind of conversion therapy for young gay people, who are being set on a lifelong path of medicalization that may result in the loss of their fertility and/or full sexual function,” Rowling tweeted.

J.K. Rowling was replying to a July 4 by Twitter user @TrinerScot. He posted, “Who had money on JK Rowling pivoting to supporting those who call people who take mental health medication ‘lazy’? I take daily medication to function, this sentiment is beyond offensive, it is actively harmful to millions.”

J.K. Rowling replied to @TrinerScot writing, “I’ve ignored fake tweets attributed to me and RTed widely. I’ve ignored porn tweeted at children on a thread about their art. I’ve ignored death and rape threats. I’m not going to ignore this.”

She further continued, “When you lie about what I believe about mental health medication and when you misrepresent the views of a trans woman for whom I feel nothing but admiration and solidarity, you cross a line.”

Moreover, the author writes about her “own mental health challenges”. She also expressed concern over young people with mental health issues “being shunted towards hormones and surgery when this may not be in their best interests”. J.K. Rowling went on to tweet about conversion therapy, quoting a BBC documentary and a number of studies on the subject.

“None of that may trouble you or disturb your belief in your own righteousness. But if so, I can’t pretend I care much about your bad opinion of me,” Rowling concludes.

Responding to the author, transgender model and activist Munroe Bergdorf tweeted, “J.K. Rowling is not a scientist. She is not a doctor. She is not an expert on gender. She is not a supporter of our community. She is a billionaire, cisgender, heterosexual, white woman who has decided that she knows what is best for us and our bodies. This is not her fight.”

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