By Jonathon Van Maren
If you had told me back in 2007 that the LGBT crowd would eventually declare J.K. Rowling Public Enemy Number 1, I would have laughed at you. Back then, she was raking in accolades from the gay rights movement for declaring that Dumbledore of the Harry Potter series was gay. In the years that followed, she was reliably left-wing on all issues, from abortion to same-sex marriage. Like other celebrities of her wealth and status, she took the requisite shots at Donald Trump on Twitter. Her credentials were impeccable.
But that was then and this is now. The LGBT movement has surged past the redefinition of marriage, abandoned their commitment to free speech and gone to war with biological reality itself. No longer is it enough to be cool with gay marriage. It isn’t even good enough to celebrate Pride Month. Now, you must believe that biological men can become women simply by identifying as such. Biological men who identify as women are women, we are being told. Those who disagree are being purged from the progressive herd.
It bears mentioning that nobody is immune. Even feminist icon Germaine Greer, author of the seminal tome The Female Eunuch, has been cast out of the movement. She made the mistake of objecting to the idea that a biological male could understand the female experience. She was promptly canceled for it.
J.K. Rowling’s first strike was back in December of 2019. Maya Forstater, a 45-year-old UK tax expert, had recently been fired for tweets objecting to a government plan to permit people to identify with whatever gender they liked. Forstater took her case to an employment tribunal. A heavy-handed judge told her that her belief in two biological sexes was “absolutist,” and that they were not protected under the 2010 Equality Act. A weird coalition of feminists, conservatives and people in possession of common sense launched the hashtag #IStandWithMaya.