Major Sport About To Get Redefined Due To Writer's Anti-Trans Stance

Quidditch, a sport-inspired by the “Harry Potter” franchise, is changing its name following several associations citing author J.K. Rowling’s “anti-trans positions.”

Two major Quidditch organizations, U.S. Quidditch and Major League Quidditch released a joint statement that said various surveys will be conducted to find a new name for the sport.

The leagues gave several reasons for the name change, including the name “quidditch” being trademarked by Warner Bros., the studio which produced the “Harry Potter” series, and claimed that the expansion for the sport through sponsorships and broadcasting options has been restricted.

Another reason for the change was to ” distance themselves from the works of Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, who has come under growing scrutiny for her anti-trans positions in recent years,” the joint statement read.

The renowned writer came under fire in June 2020 after she criticized an article that read “people who menstruate,” leading some to accuse her of being transphobic.

In a 4,000-word blog post released days after her tweet, Rowling revealed she is a survivor of domestic abuse and stated that she was “deeply concerned about the consequences of the current trans activism.”

Rowling slammed what she said were “hundreds of trans activists” who threatened her with a “pipe bomb” and “rape.” “To be fair, when you can’t get a woman sacked, arrested, or dropped by her publisher, and canceling her only made her book sales go up, there’s really only one place to go,” Rowling said in July.

Rowling said in late November that transgender activists also posted her family’s address on social media. “Last Friday, my family’s address was posted on Twitter by three activist actors who took pictures of themselves in front of our house, carefully positioning themselves to ensure that our address was visible,” she wrote.

Quidditch’s governing body, the International Quidditch Association, says one of the sport’s values is inclusivity.

“As a community we want our sport to be inclusive of people of different ethnicities, cultural backgrounds, ages, languages, genders, sexual orientations,”. “A key demonstration of this is the Gender Rule in quidditch, whereby players are able to play as the gender that they identify as including non-binary genders.”

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