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Responding to JK Rowling's Essay: is it anti-trans?

Updated: Jun 29

JK Rowling wrote a blog piece this month and it's caused some upset to the trans community and it's allies.


We've made an in-depth video about it here, as we understand a lot of people seem confused as to why the piece has caused so much upset. You can find the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Avcp-e4bOs


In the video, we have done our best to cite everything, and are using this blog post to house all the links for those who wish to read them in more detail. We strongly encourage you do so, and carry out further research from a variety of perspectives and stories. To read is to grow.


Best wishes,

Shaaba and Jamie x


REFERENCE LIST:

TERF Acronym: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/nov/29/im-credited-with-having-coined-the-acronym-terf-heres-how-it-happened

JK Rowling essay: https://www.jkrowling.com/opinions/j-k-rowling-writes-about-her-reasons-for-speaking-out-on-sex-and-gender-issues/

Maya Forstater case ruling: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5e15e7f8e5274a06b555b8b0/Maya_Forstater__vs_CGD_Europe__Centre_for_Global_Development_and_Masood_Ahmed_-_Judgment.pdf

American senator quotes JK Rowling: https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2020/06/19/jk-rowlings-lgbt-rights-trans-essay-republican-senator-james-lankford-equality-act-supreme-court-discrimination/

Grainger vs. Nicholson: http://www.bailii.org/uk/cases/UKEAT/2009/0219_09_0311.html

Maya case article: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/dec/18/judge-rules-against-charity-worker-who-lost-job-over-transgender-tweets

Equality Act 2010: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2010/15/section/4

Roselli, 2019: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1111/jne.12562?casa_token=kGjHd-Sr-e0AAAAA%3A9fHLbASEd4HzbwnoiELRyUNhejkcIngsIpS-Hwo1Nr67CL1G67yh8fpJOnPGAR12ppGt9Wew3gwS_soN

Swaab, 2007: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1521690X07000334

Savic, Garcia-Falgueras, Swaab, 2010: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Alicia_Garcia-Falgueras/publication/49626095_Sexual_differentiation_of_the_human_brain_in_relation_to_gender_identity_and_sexual_orientation/links/5a2d02a345851552ae7cc7ef/Sexual-differentiation-of-the-human-brain-in-relation-to-gender-identity-and-sexual-orientation.pdf

GRA EQIA Literature Search, 2019: https://www.gov.scot/binaries/content/documents/govscot/publications/foi-eir-release/2020/01/foi-202000011201/documents/foi-202000011201-document-5---earlier-version-of-literature-review/foi-202000011201-document-5---earlier-version-of-literature-review/govscot%3Adocument/FOI-202000011201%2BDocument%2B5%2B-%2BEarlier%2BVersion%2Bof%2BLiterature%2BReview.pdf

Salentine et, al., 2020: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1111/sltb.12571?casa_token=7E8Rf__W4XQAAAAA:RgOz5nwU1UjRvgpJc-ntgQz-cBRvb4p6J5TG2tDxWeWMkFnmCTxdBm-EugaD3JylUk_SFwERJ7KM6t7h

Ken Zucker reparative therapy: http://www.queerty.com/dr-kenneth-zuckers-war-on-transgenders-20090206

Norton & Herek, 2013: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Aaron_Norton/publication/237191337_Heterosexuals'_Attitudes_Toward_Transgender_People_Findings_from_a_National_Probability_Sample_of_US_Adults/links/02e7e51ba2081184f6000000/Heterosexuals-Attitudes-Toward-Transgender-People-Findings-from-a-National-Probability-Sample-of-US-Adults.pdf

Wiepjes, et, al., 2020: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1111/acps.13164

Warren, Smalley, & Barefoot, 2016: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15532739.2016.1216344

McLemore, 2018: https://psycnet.apa.org/record/2016-54169-001

Marks & Spender policy: https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/marks-spencer-changing-rooms-gender-women-men-a9180391.html

Cis women kicked out of women’s toilets:

https://splinternews.com/a-cis-woman-was-mistaken-for-trans-and-harassed-in-a-ba-1793856829

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/bowling-alley-threatens-kick-lesbian-using-bathroom-partner-scared-173002533.html?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAK53Y8HXy3Elpepu7iXSTipwSxN52xbuOS8gcwqXA30Z6a2KDHUGf8gHv_TD5aStBnEU0S_SQjelE0rRIs3mbOvANJr7RPU2A6N_6tAt089aylThMKXJFDbSCwy96q2kH85QXg-7kdFshDMwK9PtmhEdaMtrKOmEtxATzuFtOG7z

https://www.advocate.com/business/2015/06/17/detroit-woman-kicked-out-restaurant-bathroom-looking-man-sues

https://www.out.com/news-opinion/2016/4/14/girl-kicked-out-mcdonalds-using-womens-bathroom-because-staff-thought-she-was

https://www.vox.com/2016/5/18/11690234/women-bathrooms-harassment

Grandma sent to men’s jail:

https://nypost.com/2018/12/03/grandma-mistaken-as-transgender-sent-to-all-male-jail/

Bathroom segregation, Thompson, 2016:

https://progressive.org/op-eds/long-ugly-history-bathroom-segregation/

Trans violence: https://www.stonewall.org.uk/system/files/stonewall_and_nfpsynergy_report.pdf

Trans people in the EU: https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2014/02/europe-transgender-people-face-discrimination-and-inhuman-and-degrading-treatment/

Detransition rates: https://epath.eu/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Boof-of-abstracts-EPATH2019.pdf

Plastic surgery regret: https://www.medicalaccidentgroup.co.uk/news/two-thirds-brits-regret-cosmetic-surgery/

Murphy et, al., 2020: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1750946719301540

WPATH statement on ROGD: https://www.wpath.org/media/cms/Documents/Public%20Policies/2018/9_Sept/WPATH%20Position%20on%20Rapid-Onset%20Gender%20Dysphoria_9-4-2018.pdf

Davis, & Colton Meler, 2014: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/19317611.2013.833152

Gorin-Lazard, et, al., 2013: https://journals.lww.com/jonmd/Abstract/2013/11000/Hormonal_Therapy_Is_Associated_With_Better.13.aspx

Gomez-Gil, et, al., 2012: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0306453011002629?casa_token=9jKx4eJKRUoAAAAA:G1a7ZoJIEVtIrr7hHDHBUHPA1V_tyDSt9nmRICj7sH3hngg3fFrumctj4zZXKE8riJDZAO-apAo

De Vries, et, al., 2014: http://htv-prod-media.s3.amazonaws.com/files/academy-journal-trans-youth-1486700150.pdf

Critique of desistence research: https://thinkprogress.org/scholars-dismantle-the-myth-policing-trans-kids-genders-55f78df59c50/

Permanency of gender dysphoria: https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=Np8xxP6pcdUC&pg=RA1-PT483&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false

Waiting times UK: https://gic.nhs.uk/appointments/waiting-times/

UPDATE: Please also check out this post for a written rebuttal or Rowling's essay: https://medium.com/@completelykaty/addressing-the-claims-in-jk-rowlings-justification-for-transphobia-7b6f761e8f8f


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