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JK Rowling warns of coming ‘scandal' amid transgender debate

The author has been at the centre of controversy over her comments on trans rights.

JK Rowling has shared a series of articles on Twitter relating to the transgender debate and warned of a coming “scandal” she predicted could affect young people.

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

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

Writing on Twitter on Saturday, Rowling said she had been contacted by numerous healthcare professionals in support of her recent comments.

She said: “Since speaking up about gender identity theory, I’ve received thousands of emails – more than I’ve ever had on a single subject.

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

Linking to one source, she wrote: “The writers of this letter are just two of a growing number of whistleblowers.

“The bleak truth is that if and when the scandal does erupt, nobody currently cheering this movement on will be able to credibly claim ‘we couldn’t have known’.”

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

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

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

Rowling commented: “Some may dismiss this paper by experienced psychoanalyst @marcusevanspsych, but they do so at their own peril.”

The author also shared links to another paper about sex, gender and identity and a 2017 letter written by two former Gender Identity Development Service clinicians who were critical of the body’s approach.

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Daniel Radcliffe (Ian West/PA)

Actors from the Harry Potter universe, including Daniel Radcliffe, who starred as the boy wizard in film, and Eddie Redmayne, who leads the cast of Fantastic Beasts, have both criticised Rowling for her comments about transgender issues.

Four authors resigned from Rowling’s literary agency after claiming the company refused to publish a statement in support of transgender rights while a charity which supports transgender children has urged Rowling to meet some of the young people it works with.

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