JK Rowling protests against gender-swap bill
In Scotland, a self-declaration should be enough to change gender in the future. There is resistance from women’s rights activists. Harry Potter author JK Rowling is also joining the debate. Something similar is planned in Germany.
sScotland is currently having a debate that is already underway in Germany: a bill from Nicola Sturgeon’s government provides that people can change their gender in the future with a self-declaration and without a medical report. There are legal concerns and opposition from women’s rights activists to the draft — including Harry Potter author Joanne K. Rowling.
“No to self-identification,” the author wrote on Twitter on Thursday. Rowling posted a photo of herself with her statement expressing her solidarity with those protesting the change outside the Scottish Parliament.
She is wearing a T-shirt that describes Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon as a “destroyer of women’s rights”. The word “women” is cut off in the photo Rowling shared, but other demonstration images have the same shirt artwork with that text.
Rowling has made many statements in the past in debates about identity politics and transgender rights. For example, she criticized the use of the phrase “people who menstruate” for biological women.
Transgenders viewed these and other statements as hostile and discriminatory, and several actors in the Harry Potter films turned their backs on Rowling. Transgenders or transgenders are people who do not belong to the gender determined at birth.
Under Sturgeon’s bill, applicants must live under their new gender for three months before applying for a gender reassignment. The age for gender reassignment without a medical certificate will be lowered from 18 to 16 years. The government in London announced a legal review of the law.
In Germany, the traffic light coalition is planning a similar civil registry reform with the self-determination law. The key points presented in June are that sexual identity reports or a medical clearance should no longer be a requirement to change gender listing in the future.