Julia Hartley-Brewer: 'JK Rowling speaks biological fact, not hatred'

Julia Hartley-Brewer has said JK Rowling is a "heroine for women and girls" for her stance on trans rights.

It comes as the Harry Potter author revealed she does not care if her comments on the issue have ruined her reputation.

“I do not walk around my house thinking about my legacy," she said during an interview for The Witch Trials of JK Rowling.

"What a pompous way to live your life. Whatever. I’ll be dead. I care about now. I care about the living.”

Julia said Rowling had never said anything "remotely" transphobic: "Other than she doesn't believe trans women are women. Since when did biological fact become hatred?"

Helen Joyce from Sex Matters said the hatred directed towards Rowling comes from a "noisy, extremist tiny minority".

"It's a particular, weird ideological movement, and nobody is worse served by the activists who claim to represent them than trans people. I think it's extraordinary, and I don't think it will work.

"[JK Rowling] has sold half a billion books, I think she will be okay!"