JK Rowling says Scotland’s First Minister is endangering women by pushing ahead with plans to allow people as young as 16 to choose their own legal sex.
The Harry Potter author tweeted a photo of herself wearing a t-shirt which read: “Nicola Sturgeon – noun – destroyer of women’s rights”, while voicing her support for women protesting outside Holyrood against the Scottish Government’s radical gender proposals.
The same day, the Equalities, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee voted by a majority of five to two that the general principles of the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill, which would make changing legal sex much easier, be approved.
The legislation proposes to remove the need for medical evidence and reducing the two-year waiting period to three months. It even extends ‘sex swaps’ to 16-year-olds.
Following the recent resignation of Mermaids trustee Dr Jacob Breslow over revelations that he had promoted paedophilia, JK Rowling also blasted celebrities for enabling the pro-trans group to gain “unprecedented influence in the UK”.
The author tweeted: “They’ve been allowed into classrooms, trained police and had unprecedented influence over health policy, even though by their own admission they aren’t a medical charity. We’ve also found out they’re sending devices to flatten breasts to underage girls” without parental consent.
Mermaids receives taxpayer money, National Lottery grants and income from training sessions to various government bodies and has been endorsed by well-known figures such as Prince Harry and Harry Potter actress Emma Watson.
Earlier this week, The Christian Institute warned that detransitioners’ heartbreaking stories should serve as a warning about the dangers of following Mermaids’ advice.
In an interview with GB News, the Institute’s Deputy Director Simon Calvert dismissed LGBT activist Peter Tatchell’s claim — that the effects of puberty-blocking drugs were reversible — as “demonstrably untrue”.
Mr Calvert said: “We need to hear from the voices of detransitioners, the people who have followed the Mermaids type line and deeply, deeply regret it, and can’t go back.”
Last month, the Charity Commission launched an investigation into Mermaids’ activities following revelations that the group had been sending chest binders to girls as young as 13 without their parents’ knowledge.