JK Rowling challenges transgender charity Mermaids to sue her

JK Rowling has challenged transgender charity Mermaids to sue her in another public spat.

The author as been at the centre of several Twitter storms in recent years, angering many people in the LGBTQ+ community specifically.

Most recently, she blasted celebrities for backing Mermaids – a charity that supports transgender young people and their families – with the likes of Harry Potter star Emma Watson previously showing their support for the organisation.

The writer’s latest comments come after it became public knowledge that a trustee from Mermaids quit their role over revelations he spoke at an ‘academic’ conference hosted by B4U-ACT, an organisation that promotes support for paedophiles.

It was revealed by the Times that Dr Jacob Breslow attended the conference in 2011 as a PhD student. Mermaids says the organisation is ‘completely at odds’ with its values.

While Dr Breslow himself has not commented, the London School of Economics, at which Dr Breslow is an associate professor of gender and sexuality, responded to the reports with a statement: ‘We have been made aware of a presentation given at an external event in 2011 by a then graduate student, now faculty member of LSE. We are looking into these reports.’

During the investigation, which began in September, Mermaids told the outlet that it provided ‘comprehensive safety guidelines to young people from an experienced member of staff’ about binders.

India Willoughby, a broadcaster who is trans, responded to Rowling’s lengthy Twitter thread, telling her that she is ‘insane.’

‘He’s a therapist who in a professional capacity which had nothing to do with Mermaids worked with paedophiles. Not a pleasant job, but one I guess hundreds of therapists do every single day in Britain. This is pretty close to libel [sic].’

The conversationend didn’t stop there, as the writer and journalist continued to exchange choice words, with Willoughby saying that ‘someone really needs to take legal action against JK Rowling.’

‘This is off the scale,’ she wrote. ‘The GC (gender critical) tactic seems to be to drown the trans charity Mermaids in a tsunami of innuendo and lies – throw a stack of mud, some of it will stick.’

Appearing to suggest she’s happy for legal action to be taken, Rowling issued a scathing response: ‘India, I swear to God, if you want to start a petition for Mermaids to take me on in court, the first signature will be mine.’

Bringing the public spat to a close, Willoughby boldly stated: ‘Cool. Let’s hope it happens.’

Rowling has become known for voicing her controversial and divisive opinions on Twitter, but recently said that she doesn’t want to reign it in.

She said she’s given up trying to de-escalate the trolling she receives, claiming she has never ‘threatened’ anyone, and took a social media break during the pandemic.

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