At Trans Pride in London last year Picture: Guy Smallman

Author JK Rowling has deliberately intensified the war on trans people. After the Scottish Hate Crime and Public Order Act came into operation on Monday, Rowling posted pictures of ten high-profile trans people, ridiculed them and denied their status as women.

At the end of the list, Rowling tweeted, “April Fools! Only kidding. Obviously, the people mentioned in the above tweets aren’t women at all, but men, every last one of them.”

She claimed this was an example of “freedom of speech and belief” that the new act threatened.

And, in a stab at the Scottish government and its supposed right to make its own laws, Rishi Sunak agreed with her. He said, “People should not be criminalised for stating simple facts on biology. We believe in free speech in this country, and Conservatives will always protect it.”  

You don’t have to think the act is perfect to recognise what Rowling and her Tory supporters are trying to do.

They hope to pose as friends of ordinary people while ramping up anti-trans hatred. It’s what the Westminster government did last year before when it blocked the Scottish Gender Recognition Reform bill. 

It’s another attempt at division and scapegoating. We say trans women are women and trans men are men, and non-binary people exist and should be respected. 

Rowling ended her social media posts with a challenge to the Scottish government—“arrest me”, she said. She thoroughly deserves for her wishes to be granted.

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