“Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling is back in the news after stating on Twitter that young people are being “shunted towards” hormones and surgery that may not be in their best interests, and comparing the measures to “conversion therapy.”
“Many, myself included, believe we are watching a new kind of conversion therapy for young gay people, who are being set on a lifelong path of medicalization that may result in the loss of their fertility and/or full sexual function,” Rowling tweeted.
Rowling was responding to a July 4 post by Twitter user @TrinerScot, who called out the author for ‘liking’ a post by Twitter user @Manaxium that claimed hormone prescriptions were “the new antidepressants.” “Yes they are sometimes necessary and lifesaving, but they should be a last resort – not the first option. Pure laziness for those who would rather medicate than put in the time and effort to heal people’s minds,” read the post.
The post by @TrinerScot read: “Who had money on JK Rowling pivoting to supporting those who call people who take mental health medication ‘lazy’? I take daily medication to function, this sentiment is beyond offensive, it is actively harmful to millions.”