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JK Rowling warns of an upcoming “scandal” in the transgender debate

JK Rowling shared a series of articles on Twitter regarding the transgender debate, warning of an upcoming “scandal” she predicted could hit young people.

The Harry Potter author, 54, is at the center of a row about trans rights and has been accused of being transphobic, a claim she strongly denies.

Rowling previously said in an essay on her website that she was partially motivated to speak about the issue because of her experience of abuse and assault.

Rowling wrote on Twitter on Saturday saying she had been contacted by numerous health professionals in support of her recent comments.

She said, “Since I spoke out about the theory of gender identity, I have received thousands of emails – more than ever on one subject.

“Many come from professionals working in medicine, education and social work. All are concerned about the effects on vulnerable young people.

Regarding one source, she wrote, “The authors of this letter are just two of a growing number of whistleblowers.

“The bleak truth is that if and when the scandal erupts, no one encouraging this movement at the moment can credibly claim ‘we couldn’t know’.”

Rowling also shared a link with her 14.3 million Twitter followers to an article by psychoanalyst Marcus Evans entitled Freedom To Think: The Need for Thorough Assessment and Treatment of Gender Dysphoric Children ”.

Gender dysphoria is the result of a discrepancy between a person’s gender identity and the gender assigned at birth.

Hosted on the Cambridge University Press platform for books and magazines, the paper argues that understanding why the number of people referring to gender identity clinics has risen significantly in recent years has been “hampered by a politically charged debate.”

Rowling noted, “Some may reject this article by experienced psychoanalyst @marcusevanspsych, but they do so at their own risk.”

The author also shared links to another article on sex, gender, and identity, and a 2017 letter written by two former Gender Identity Development Service clinicians who criticized the approach to the body.

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Daniel Radcliffe (Ian West / PA)

Actors from the Harry Potter universe, including Daniel Radcliffe, who played the young wizard in the movie, and Eddie Redmayne, who leads the cast of Fantastic Beasts, have both criticized Rowling for her comments on transgender issues.

Four authors resigned from Rowling’s literary agency after claiming that the company declined to publish a statement in support of transgender people’s rights, while a charity supporting transgender people urged Rowling to meet a number of young people with whom it works together.