JK Rowling has blasted three trans activists for trying to ‘intimidate’ her after they protested outside her house before posting a picture of her address on social media.
The author, 56, has faced accusations of transphobia after she mocked an online article in June 2020 which used the words ‘people who menstruate’ instead of ‘women’.
She later defended herself against the claims in a passionate essay but has continued to face criticism. Rowling is a notable absence from the upcoming Harry Potter 20th anniversary reunion in light of her views.
In the latest chapter of the saga, three activists posed outside Rowling’s Edinburgh home while holding pro-trans signs last Friday.
The author’s address was clearly visible in the background of a photo of the activists, that was shared widely on Twitter.
Hitting out at the trio, Rowling accused them of ‘doxxing’ her and trying to intimade her for ‘speaking up for women’s sex-based rights’. She named them as Holly Stars, Georgia Frost and Richard Energy.
She also revealed that she has received so many death threats over the trans row that she could ‘paper the house with them’.
Downing Street has criticised the targeting of JK Rowling by trans activists. The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: ‘I don’t think any individual should be targeted in that way.
‘We believe that everyone has the right to be treated with dignity and respect and that people are able to share their views as long as it is done in that fashion.’
Holly Stars later posted a statement on social media saying they had removed the photo after being inundated with abuse. Stars is a popular drag queen with her own Amazon Prime series. She is also a stand-up comedian, comedy writer, cabaret host and seen as one of the UK’s most popular drag talents.
She is the writer and star of west end show Death Drop, currently embarking on its first UK tour and also produces and presents a monthly Soho cabaret.
Richard Energy, one of the other activists, is a drag king and comedian who performs across London. He has appeared in several contests and is considered a growing star in the scene. Georgia Frost, the third activist, is an actress who has appeared in BBC productions including Casualty and sitcom The Other One.
All three activists have now taken down their Twitter accounts in light of the row.
Addressing the activists, Rowling tweeted today: ‘Last Friday, my family’s address was posted on Twitter by three activist actors who took pictures of themselves in front of our house, carefully positioning themselves to ensure that our address was visible
‘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. I’d also like to thank @PoliceScotland for their support and assistance in this matter
‘Over the last few years I’ve watched, appalled, as women like Allison Bailey, Raquel Sanchez, Marion Miller, Rosie Duffield, Joanna Cherry, Julie Bindel, Rosa Freedman, Kathleen Stock and many, many others, including women who have no public profile but who’ve contacted me to relate their experiences, have been subject to campaigns of intimidation which range from being hounded on social media, the targeting of their employers, all the way up to doxing and direct threats of violence, including rape.
‘None of these women are protected in the way I am. They and their families have been put into a state of fear and distress for no other reason than that they refuse to uncritically accept that the socio-political concept of gender identity should replace that of sex.
‘I have to assume that @IAmGeorgiaFrost, @hollywstars and @Richard_Energy_ thought doxxing me would intimidate me out of speaking up for women’s sex-based rights.
‘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.’
In response, Holly Stars wrote: ‘Yesterday we posted a picture we took at JK Rowling’s house.
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