JK Rowling has doubled down on her views regarding young transgender people (Picture: Getty)
JK Rowling has recalled questioning her sexuality as a teen while weighing in on young people transitioning genders.
The Harry Potter writer, 57, has been flooded with hate messages and death threats since she first waded into the trans rights debate in 2019.
She started by expressing her views on an article which referred to ‘people who menstruate’, questioning why the term ‘women’ was not used, and has been denounced by several Harry Potter stars since.
But now she’s doubled-down on her beliefs – and revealed she questioned her own identity growing up.
‘As an adolescent… I questioned my sexuality, thinking, “Well, I can tell my friends are pretty. Does that mean I’m gay?”,’ she began.
Rowling continued on The Witch Trials of JK Rowling podcast: ‘I grew up to be a straight woman, but I’ve never forgotten that feeling of anxiety around my body.
The author says she questioned whether she could be gay as a teen (Picture: SWNS)
‘I didn’t feel like I fitted in. Aged 11 or 12 I looked very androgynous with short hair and I was acutely anxious about my changing body and became aware it was attracting attention that I didn’t welcome, particularly from boys at school.’
The author – who has daughter Jessica, 27, with her first husband Jorge and who has been married since 2001 to doctor Neil Murray.
She and Murray share son David, 19, and 18-year-old daughter Mackenzie.
The controversial star also added about not believing young teens are emotionally equipped to decide whether they were ready to transition.
‘I don’t believe that even a 14-year-old can truly understand what the loss of their fertility is,’ she claimed.
‘At 14 I would have said that I didn’t want children but (motherhood) has been the most joyful, wonderful thing in my life.
‘I couldn’t have comprehended that and would have had no idea about what I was giving up… there will be a minority of people for whom this will be solution.’
Rowling has received great criticism for being vocal with her views (Picture: PA Wire/PA Photos)
Rowling says she finds ’cause for doubt and concern’ in ‘the numbers, particularly of young people that we are currently seeing coming forward’.
The writer branded the strength of trans activists an ‘instance of authoritarianism’ and ‘the attitude of the fundamentalist’.
Rowling worth an estimated £850million thanks to the Harry Potter book and film franchise, later said she found comfort in being financially independent enough to be able to share her views on trans issues.
She reckons it’s her ‘moral obligation’ to speak out.
‘I wanted to join the conversation because I was watching women being shut down.’
Rowling’s latest string of divisive comments come after she admitted she doesn’t care about ‘ruining’ her legacy.
‘I do not walk around my house thinking about my legacy, what a pompous way to live your life walking around thinking about what my legacy will be,’ she stated.
‘Whatever. I’ll be dead. I care about now. I care about the living.’
Mermaids is able to help trans people up to their 19th birthday.
Their helpline is open Monday to Friday, from 9am to 9pm: 0808 801 0400.
You can also text ‘Mermaids’ to 85258 for free 24/7 crisis support all across the UK or make use of their web chat, which is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 9pm.
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