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Indigo just called out J.K. Rowling for her transphobic comments

Indigo criticized J.K. Rowling this week for her seemingly transphobic comments, and the Canadian bookstore wasn't shy about it; they called Rowling out by name in front of more than 365,000 followers.

In the post, Indigo said that it stands "firmly and positively" with the Transgender community.

"It is disappointing to us that J.K. Rowling, an author we admired and supported and that our customers have so supported, would make statements so inconsistent with our values," Indigo said.

"The identities of all Transgender people must be respected without question or judgement."

The Canadian bookstore was likely responding to Rowling's remarks on Twitter earlier this month, in which the Harry Potter author shared an article and took issue with the use of the words "people who menstruate."

"I'm sure there used to be a word for those people," Rowling wrote in a tweet. "Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?"

Despite mounting backlash, Rowling followed up by criticizing the idea that someone's biological sex isn't real.

"If sex isn't real, there's no same-sex attraction," Rowling wrote. "If sex isn't real, the lived reality of women globally is erased. I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives. It isn't hate to speak the truth."

Thousands of people have since criticized Rowling's tweet and arguments, noting that transgender men and non-binary individuals menstruate as well.

Daniel Radcliffe, Halsey and Jonathan Van Ness are among the prominent figures to take issue with Rowling's words.

"Trans women are women," Van Ness wrote to Rowling. "Trans Black people & trans non-Black people are discriminated against every single day. They're dying. We're fighting for Black people & trans people and you're doing this?"

This isn't the first time that Rowling has come under fire for a seemingly transphobic Tweet; the British children's author faced intense backlash in December 2019 for supporting an anti-transgender researcher.

In early June, Rowling penned an essay to defend herself in the wake of intense backlash over her tweets.

"Trans people need and deserve protection," she wrote in the essay. "I want trans women to be safe. At the same time, I do not want to make natal girls and women less safe."

"When you throw open the doors of bathrooms and changing rooms to any man who believes or feels he's a woman – and, as I've said, gender confirmation certificates may now be granted without any need for surgery or hormones – then you open the door to any and all men who wish to come inside. That is the simple truth."

Rowling has not yet responded to Indigo's post.

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