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J.K. Rowling returns award over criticism of transgender stance

J.K. Rowling returns award over criticism of transgender stance

SONIA ELKS BRITISH author J.K. Rowling has said she will return a prestigious human rights award after the organisation that bestowed the prize criticised her posts on transgender rights. The Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organisation gave the "Harry Potter" writer a Ripple of Hope award last year for her work to protect children's rights by highlighting abuse in the orphanage system. But this month Kerry Kennedy, daughter of Robert Kennedy and president of the U.S. organisation, criticised the author for "transphobic" online posts which she said served to undermine an already vulnerable group. "J.K. Rowling's attacks upon the transgender community are…
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Celebrities defend trans rights, rejecting wave of U.S. laws

Celebrities defend trans rights, rejecting wave of U.S. laws

JACK GRAHAM HUNDREDS of celebrities have joined advocacy groups in an open letter in support of transgender rights, criticizing a raft of U.S. states that want to bar young, trans-Americans from playing school sports or getting medical help. The signatories - from feminist Gloria Steinem and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour to actor Regina King and singer Selena Gomez - called for an end to the "long history of assaults" against trans women and girls. Never before has it been more dangerous to be trans, the letter said, denouncing "anti-transgender rhetoric" and the barriers facing trans people across multiple industries. The…
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