JK Rowling says her family has ‘received threats’ over trans row

Daniel Radcliffe speaks out against JK Rowling comments

JK Rowling has said that her family has been threatened as a result of her views on transgender issues. The Harry Potter author has become a controversial figure due to her views on gender and single-sex spaces, but has said she does not regret “standing up” for what she believes in.

The 57-year-old also hit out at the literary industry, claiming they had failed to “stand for the plurality of views.”

Speaking on The Witch Trials of JK Rowling podcast, she added that she will continue to speak on gender issues.

Ms Rowling said: “Although I don’t regret anything, I’ve had concerns for my family’s safety, and some of the threats haven’t been too amusing to me.

“There has been fall-out in my life, inevitably, but I still don’t regret standing up.”

She added she had “lost a degree of faith’ in the publishing industry, which is “the industry I know best.”

She continued: “I’ve been shocked by the positions publishing has taken. I think if publishers don’t stand for anything else they should stand for the plurality of views.

“If I think about the people I most admire, the writers I admire, when it mattered, they stood up.

“They didn’t sit at home and worry about their royalties or worry about their public image greatly.

“I have never wanted to be famous, so if you’re very invested in that, then of course this is going to destroy you.

“I don’t say this in any self-aggrandising way but, I think it could have destroyed some people if that’s where you’re very invested, what has happened to me in the last few years.

“I think there’s no hope that you will come out with your mental health intact or that you wouldn’t be offering false apologies.”

In the past, Harry Potter stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint have all spoken in support of transgender people and sought to distance themselves from Ms Rowling’s views.

Robbie Coltrane, who played Hagrid in the movie franchise, was among the stars who supported Ms Rowling.

Ms Rowling also waded in on the political debate in Scotland this week as new Scottish First Minister Humza Yousaf backs the SNP’s gender self-ID policy first introduced under his predecessor Nicola Sturgeon.

The policy was designed to make it easier for transgender people to change their identity, but it came under fire after Isla Bryson, a biologically male and double rapist, was initially sent to a female prison.

Ms Rowling was among the critics of the policy, and warned Mr Yousaf on Tuesday that he “will disappear through the ice.”

She added: “Humza Yousaf is the kid who just saw the skater in front of him disappear through the ice, but yells ‘watch me, everybody!’ while wobbling straight for the hole.”

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