English School Removes J.K. Rowling’s Name Over Trans Comments

A school in England had changed the name of one of its houses due to the building’s namesake, J.K. Rowling, voicing her opposition to the transgender agenda.

As reported by the Daily Caller, Boswells School in Chelmsford, Essex had previously named its performing arts school after Rowling, who achieved international fame as the author of the Harry Potter series of novels, which was subsequently adapted into a successful film franchise.

But in July, the school issued a memo declaring that it was seeking to change the name due to Rowling’s outspoken opposition to the rise of the “transgender” agenda. Rowling was one of the earliest, and to this day remains among the most prominent, examples of a celebrity who criticized transgenderism, the false notion that there are more than two genders and that anyone can change their gender at any given time.

As a known feminist, Rowling criticized the impact that transgenderism would have on the accomplishments of women, pointing out that “if sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased.”

“I know and love trans people,” Rowling further stated in June of 2020. “But erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives. It isn’t hate to speak the truth.” She further condemned the Left’s usage of the phrase “people who menstruate,” describing it as insulting to women. For her views, Rowling has been derided by the Left as a “trans-exclusionary radical feminist,” or “TERF,” and was also condemned by all three of the lead actors from the Harry Potter film series.

The school’s memo claimed that it had received “numerous requests from students and staff” complaining about Rowling’s views, and demanding that the name be removed or changed.

“A strong house identity empowers our students to participate and thrive in all aspects of school life, both in and out of the classroom,” the memo read. “However, following numerous requests by students and staff we are reviewing the name of our red house ‘Rowling’ and in light of J.K Rowling’s comments and viewpoints surrounding trans people. Her views on this issue do not align with our school policy and school beliefs – a place where people are free to be.”

The building in question was ultimately renamed after Dame Kelly Holmes, a black Olympian.

About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

Photo: J.K. Rowling, Dipasupil/Getty Images

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