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J.K. Rowling Lambasted for 'Merry Terfmas' Tweet

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The tweet came in response to praise from another Twitter user on Rowling's funding of a trans-exclusionary center for survivors of sexual violence.

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Best-selling author J.K. Rowling is showing her anti-transgender ways again by tweeting "Merry Terfmas."

The Harry Potter creator's tweet is a play on TERF, an acronym for "trans-exclusionary radical feminist." She has expressed anti-trans views and promoted those of others. Recently, she was criticized for funding a center for survivors of rape and sexual assault that refuses to serve trans women. Officials with the center, Beira's Place, said they will refer trans women elsewhere. Rowling's tweet came in response to praise from another Twitter user.

However, some other users are denouncing Rowling.

Also, writer Jessie Earl is getting criticism from Rowling and other for suggesting that they enjoy the Rowling books and other merchandise they already own but boycott the new Potter video game. Earl says she's received death threats from some quarters. Full disclosure: Earl is a former Advocate employee, and Brynn Tannehill has contributed to The Advocate.

It's been three years since Rowling posted the following tweet, as both her supporters and opponents are pointing out.

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Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.
Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.