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New York, Aug 29 (Canadian-Media): J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter author said Aug 27 she she is returning the award from Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights nonprofit linked to the Kennedy family after the president of the organization, Kerry Kennedy published a statement expressing her "profound disappointment" with the author's comments, media reports said.
J.K. Rowling. Image credit: Facebook Page
"The statement incorrectly implied that I was transphobic, and that I am responsible for harm to trans people," Rowling said on her website.
"As a longstanding donor to LGBT charities and a supporter of trans people's right to live free of persecution, I absolutely refute the accusation that I hate trans people or wish them ill, or that standing up for the rights of women is wrong, discriminatory, or incites harm or violence to the trans community."
While supporting trans rights, said Rowling in a series of tweets in June, that she did not believe in "erasing" the concept of biological sex and added that she refused to "bow down" to a movement seeking "to erode `woman' as a political and biological class and offering cover to predators like few before it."
In a post on her website Friday, she expressed "solidarity with those who have contacted me but who are struggling to make their voices heard."
Rowling's personal experience of abuse and sexual assault had motivated to speak out about the issue.
Rowling said that she had been previously criticized by actors from the Harry Potter franchise, including Daniel Radcliffe, an English actor and producer, best known for playing Harry Potter in the Harry Potter film series during his adolescence and early adulthood.
Kerry Kennedy joined the criticism this month when she published her statement on the RFK Human Rights website. The group in December named Rowling one of its Ripple of Hope laureates for her founding of Lumos, which works to get children worldwide out of orphanages and into families.
Kennedy said Rowling's "attacks upon the transgender community" were a disapproval of her father's vision.
"I have spoken with J.K. Rowling to express my profound disappointment that she has chosen to use her remarkable gifts to create a narrative that diminishes the identity of trans and nonbinary people, undermining the validity and integrity of the entire transgender community — one that disproportionately suffers from violence, discrimination, harassment, and exclusion and, as a result, experiences high rates of suicide, suicide attempts, homelessness, and mental and bodily harm," Kennedy said.