JK Rowling has said she is giving back an award associated with the US Kennedy family, after being criticized for her views on gender and trans issues. The author was given the Ripple of Hope honor by the Robert F Kennedy Human Rights organization last year.
But earlier this month, its president Kerry Kennedy said views expressed by Rowling recently “diminished the identity” of trans people. Rowling says Kennedy’s implication that she is transphobic is “incorrect”.
The Harry Potter writer was criticized in June for posting tweets that took issue with the phrase “people who menstruate”. Rowling objected to the avoidance of the use of the word “women”.
“I respect every trans person’s right to live any way that feels authentic and comfortable to them,” she wrote. “At the same time, my life has been shaped by being female. I do not believe it’s hateful to say so.”
Several film stars from the Harry Potter universe distanced themselves from her comments, including Eddie Redmayne, Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson.