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20 December 2019 12:42

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Mark Hamill has apologised for liking a tweet shared by JK Rowling that has been condemned as “transphobic”.

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Mark Hamill has apologised for liking a tweet shared by JK Rowling that has been condemned as "transphobic". On Thursday Rowling tweeted in defence of Maya Forstater, a former employee of think-tank Centre for Global Development, who lost her job after tweeting "men cannot change into women". The tweets were written as part of a thread opposing government proposals to reform the Gender Recognition Act. Download the new Indpendent Premium app Sharing the full story, not just the headlines Ms Forstater took her case to an employment tribunal, but found out on Wednesday she not not been successful in appealing the decision, and shared the news on Twitter. The Harry Potter author tweeted in support of Ms Forstater, writing: "Dress however you please. Call yourself whatever you like.

Mark Hamill apologises for liking JK Rowling tweet with 'transphobic connotation'

"Sleep with any consenting adult who'll have you. Live you best life in peace and security. But force women our of their jobs for stating that sex is real? #IStandWithMaya #ThisIsNotADrill." Rowling received heavy backlash for her tweet, with her tweet later being liked by Star Wars actor Mark Hamill. After a Twitter user questioned Hamill over why he liked Rowling's tweet, he explained that he had not clearly understood the author's message. "Why did you like this transphobic tweet?" the Twitter user wrote, to which Hamill replied: "Ignorance is no excuse, but I liked the tweet without understanding what the last line or hashtags meant. "It was the first four lines I liked and I didn't realise it had any transphobic connotation." Several people thanked Hamill for apologising and shedding light on his views. "Saw the 'like' and found it curious, but you have a solid track record. You earned the vendor of the doubt. Thanks for clarifying," one person stated. London's first Trans pride Show all 32 left Created with Sketch. right Created with Sketch. Shape Created with Sketch. London's first Trans pride 1/32 Angela Christofilou/The Independent 2/32 Angela Christofilou/The Independent 3/32 Angela Christofilou/The Independent 4/32 Angela Christofilou/The Independent 5/32 Angela Christofilou/The Independent 6/32 Angela Christofilou/The Independent 7/32 Angela Christofilou/The Independent 8/32 Angela Christofilou/The Independent 9/32 Angela Christofilou/The Independent 10/32 Angela Christofilou/The Independent 11/32 Angela Christofilou/The Independent 12/32 Angela Christofilou/The Independent 13/32 Angela Christofilou/The Independent 14/32 Angela Christofilou/The Independent 15/32 Angela Christofilou/The Independent 16/32 Angela Christofilou/The Independent 17/32 Angela Christofilou/The Independent 18/32 Angela Christofilou/The Independent 19/32 Angela Christofilou/The Independent 20/32 Angela Christofilou/The Independent 21/32 Angela Christofilou/The Independent 22/32 London's first Trans Pride in September Angela Christofilou/The Independent 23/32 Angela Christofilou/The Independent 24/32 Angela Christofilou/The Independent 25/32 Angela Christofilou/The Independent 26/32 Angela Christofilou/The Independent 27/32 Angela Christofilou/The Independent 28/32 Angela Christofilou/The Independent 29/32 Angela Christofilou/The Independent 30/32 Angela Christofilou/The Independent 31/32 Angela Christofilou/The Independent 32/32 Angela Christofilou/The Independent 1/32 Angela Christofilou/The Independent 2/32 Angela Christofilou/The Independent 3/32 Angela Christofilou/The Independent 4/32 Angela Christofilou/The Independent 5/32 Angela Christofilou/The Independent 6/32 Angela Christofilou/The Independent 7/32 Angela Christofilou/The Independent 8/32 Angela Christofilou/The Independent 9/32 Angela Christofilou/The Independent 10/32 Angela Christofilou/The Independent 11/32 Angela Christofilou/The Independent 12/32 Angela Christofilou/The Independent 13/32 Angela Christofilou/The Independent 14/32 Angela Christofilou/The Independent 15/32 Angela Christofilou/The Independent 16/32 Angela Christofilou/The Independent 17/32 Angela Christofilou/The Independent 18/32 Angela Christofilou/The Independent 19/32 Angela Christofilou/The Independent 20/32 Angela Christofilou/The Independent 21/32 Angela Christofilou/The Independent 22/32 London's first Trans Pride in September Angela Christofilou/The Independent 23/32 Angela Christofilou/The Independent 24/32 Angela Christofilou/The Independent 25/32 Angela Christofilou/The Independent 26/32 Angela Christofilou/The Independent 27/32 Angela Christofilou/The Independent 28/32 Angela Christofilou/The Independent 29/32 Angela Christofilou/The Independent 30/32 Angela Christofilou/The Independent 31/32 Angela Christofilou/The Independent 32/32 Angela Christofilou/The Independent Rowling has been heavily criticised for her support of Ms Forstater, with one critic stating that it is "incredibly disappointing to see, from someone whose writing espouses so much kindness". "What, exactly, is to be gained by using your platform to be cruel and exclusionary to one of the world's most vulnerable populations?" tweeted actor, writer and mental health campaigner Mara Wilson. "I grew up as a trans child reading your books as an escape. I would often pick out names from characters to give to myself, before I ever felt comfortable in who I was," another person wrote. "This decision, to support people that hate me, and want to do me harm. It brings me to tears... You can contact the Mermaids UK helpline by calling 0808 801 0400. The helpline is open Monday to Friday, 9am - 9pm (times may vary on bank holidays).

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