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JK Rowling has hit again at a presenter calling him a “misogynist” after he challenged her views on gender-identity. Albie Amankona – a presenter on GB News – shared a put up on social media platform X explaining how he felt “sympathetic” of the creator’s views.

But he went on to share an image of transgender mannequin Munroe Bergdorf, saying: “I suspect like me, most Brits would find calling a trans woman who looks like @munroebergdorf1 ‘him’ to be obtuse & mean-spirited, though not a criminal offence.”

The mannequin confronted backlash in January after being given the position of “UK Champion” by UN Women UK. Responding to Albie, the Harry Potter creator stated: “So if trans-identified men are pretty enough (as judged by you, a man) women ought to agree they’re women?

“Femaleness has no relation in any respect to how nicely a person – man or girl – performs femininity to male requirements. This is the very definition of misogyny.”

The presenter has been a member of the LGBT+ Conservatives for several years and joined the Executive in 2023.

The row came after JK Rowling shared a picture of Ms Bergdorf alongside nine other notable transgender women as part of a campaign against the new Scottish hate legislation.

She wrote on X: “Munroe Bergdorf isn’t only a fairly face! Public campaigner for a youngsters’s charity till safeguarding considerations had been raised, she was appointed UN Women’s first ever UK champion. ‘What makes a girl a girl has no definitive reply,’ says Munroe. Great selection, UN Women!”

Ms Bergdorf was dropped from the NSPCC days after being selected as Childline’s first LGBT+ campaigner. The safeguarding concerns, as cited by the charity were from statements the model had posted on Twitter which “breached its safeguarding guidelines.”

The new Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Act 2021 creates a new crime of “stirring up hatred” relating to age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, transgender identity or being intersex. The maximum penalty is a prison sentence of seven years.

A person commits an offence if they communicate material, or behave in a manner, “{that a} cheap individual would think about to be threatening or abusive,” with the intention of stirring up hatred based on the protected characteristics.

JK Rowling – who lives in Edinburgh – has openly condemned the new legislation, saying it gives women “no extra protections, after all”.

She went on to list 10 high profile trans-women, referring to them as “girls” before posting: “April Fools! Only kidding. Obviously, the folks talked about within the above tweets aren’t girls in any respect, however males, each final one among them.”