JK Rowling Says Trans Activists Posted Her Address Online
JK Rowling has revealed that her Edinburgh address had been posted on Twitter by three trans activists.
Taking to Twitter, the Harry Potter author said orethat she had reported the matter to the police.
JK Rowling had recently come under fire following her comments on transgender issues. In June 2020, she received criticism for posting tweets that took issue with the phrase “people who menstruate” – she objected to the avoidance of the use of the word “women.”
In a lengthy blog post, the author revealed that his interest in trans issues stemmed from being a survivor of abuse and having concerns around single-sex spaces.
However, critics argued that her “diminished the identity” of trans people, while stars from the Harry Potter films, including Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson, distanced themselves from her comments.
Police Scotland have confirmed that they had been made aware, and inquiries were ongoing.
In a now-deleted social media post, one of the three activists revealed that they had removed the photo after receiving “threatening” messages online.
“Yesterday we posted a picture we took at JK Rowling’s house.”
The post, which has now been deleted, added: “While we stand by the photo, since posting it, we have received an overwhelming amount of serious and threatening transphobic messages, so have decided to take the photo down.”
In her own Twitter thread, Rowling said the image depicted the three activists in front of her home, “carefully positioning themselves to ensure” the address was visible.
She said: “I want to say a massive thank you to everybody who reported the image to @TwitterSupport. Your kindness and decency made all the difference to my family and me.”
Describing the group’s action as “doxing” – the malicious act of publishing personal information online, Rowling noted that she believed this to be an attempt to “intimidate” her out of “speaking up for women’s sex-based rights.”
She said: “They should have reflected on the fact that I’ve now received so many death threats I could paper the house with them, and I haven’t stopped speaking out.”
“Perhaps – and I’m just throwing this out there – the best way to prove your movement isn’t a threat to women is to stop stalking, harassing and threatening us.”