JK Rowling's handprints smeared with red paint amid 'transphobic' row

JK Rowling's handprints smeared with red paint amid 'transphobic' row

July 12, 2020

JK Rowling’s handprints outside Edinburgh council offices are smeared with ‘blood-like’ red paint by vandals amid ‘transphobic’ row

  • The handprints were installed outside of Edinburgh City Chambers in 2008 
  • They have been targeted with paint after ‘transphobic’ comments from Rowling 
  • Rowling recently tweeted that transition hormones were a ‘conversion therapy’ 

An imprint of JK Rowling’s handprints in her home town of Edinburgh have been splattered with red paint amid accusations of transphobia.   

The handprints, which were installed outside of Edinburgh City Chambers in 2008, have been targeted with blood-like paint following backlash against comments made by Rowling.

Images of the usually gilded prints now splattered red were shared to social media by trans activists, with a transgender rights flag placed nearby.   

Rowling’s recent comments, such as suggesting that gender transition hormones are a ‘new kind of conversion therapy’, have been denounced as ‘homophobic’ and ‘transphobic’.

The handprints, which were installed outside of Edinburgh City Chambers in 2008, have been targeted with blood-like paint following backlash against comments made by Rowling

The term TERF, which stands for ‘trans-exclusionary radical feminist’, has also been linked to Rowling amid a furious row over transgender issues throughout the past month.

J.K. Rowling has attracted criticism recently over her views on transgender issues, which have angered many activists

The Harry Potter author sparked fury in recent weeks when she reacted to an online article titled ‘Opinion: Creating a more equal post COVID-19 world for people who menstruate.’

‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?’, the award-winning writer told her 14.5million followers.

Stung by criticism, the writer – whose Harry Potter books have sold more than 500 million copies worldwide – sought to justify her decision to speak out in a deeply personal essay.

Recalling how the trauma of ‘a serious sexual assault I suffered in my twenties’ had informed her thinking about the trans issue and women’s rights, Ms Rowling explained: ‘Like every other domestic abuse and sexual assault survivor I know, I feel nothing but empathy and solidarity with trans women who’ve been abused by men.’   

In a series of tweets, Rowling said she supported transgender rights but did not believe in ‘erasing’ the concept of biological sex. 

The handprints were installed when Rowling received the Edinburgh award, by popular vote from the city in 2008, just a year after she released the Deathly Hallows

Rowling’s remarks sparked backlash from a range of stars including Rupert Grint, Emma Watson – who played Hermione in the film franchise, Daniel Radcliffe who played Harry and Eddie Redmayne, who stars in her Fantastic Beasts films. 

The handprints were installed when Rowling received the Edinburgh award, by popular vote from the city in 2008, just a year after she released the Deathly Hallows.

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