J.K. Rowling death threats

J.K. Rowling has received "death and rape threats" since coming under fire for her comments about transgender rights.

The British author hit headlines last month after questioning the idea that "sex isn't real" in a series of tweets, which LGBTQ+ activists condemned as transphobic - comments she later explained but refused to retract in a lengthy blog post.

On Sunday, the Harry Potter writer took to Twitter once after supporting a tweet from a woman called Sophie, which read: "Hormone prescriptions are the new antidepressants. Yes they are sometimes necessary and lifesaving, but they should be a last resort - not the first option. Pure laziness for those who would rather medicate than put in the time and effort to heal people's minds."

Following the tweet, and Rowling's support of it, someone called Tristan slammed her on Twitter as he insisted her description of mental health medication as "lazy", is "beyond offensive" and "actively harmful to millions."

Rowling then responded in a string of tweets, many of which were backed up by articles and posts she shared alongside them, as she wrote: "I've ignored fake tweets attributed to me and RTed widely. I've ignored porn tweeted at children on a thread about their art. I've ignored death and rape threats. I'm not going to ignore this. When you lie about what I believe about mental health medication and when you misrepresent the views of a trans woman for whom I feel nothing but admiration and solidarity, you cross a line."

"Many health professionals are concerned that young people struggling with their mental health are being shunted towards hormones and surgery when this may not be in their best interests," she continued.

"Many, myself included, believe we are watching a new kind of conversion therapy for young gay people, who are being set on a lifelong path of medicalization that may result in the loss of their fertility and/or full sexual function."

Concluding her tweets, Rowling wrote: "Sophie is a trans woman and a true feminist ally. She was making the point that anti-depressants were over-prescribed to teenagers in the past, with serious consequences. The long-term health risks of cross-sex hormones have been now been tracked over a lengthy period. These side-effects are often minimised or denied by trans activists. Carl Henegan (sic), professor of evidence-based medicine at Oxford University, has described the off-label use of puberty blockers on under-18s as an 'unregulated live experiment on children.' None of that may trouble you or disturb your belief in your own righteousness. But if so, I can't pretend I care much about your bad opinion of me."

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