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Identity

When she moved into her uncle’s basement in the largely white town of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, in 2004, Rachel A. Dolezal was still blond and pale-skinned and identified herself as a white woman — one who had left a black husband and had a biracial child. ...
“I identify as black,” she said with a smile. ...
On Tuesday, Matt Lauer of NBC’s “Today” show asked her, “When did you start deceiving people?” But Ms. Dolezal, who stepped down on Monday as president of the Spokane N.A.A.C.P. chapter, pushed back.

“I do take exception to that because it’s a little more complex than me identifying as black, or answering a question of, ‘Are you black or white?’ ” she said. Over the course of the day, she also described herself as “transracial” and said: “Well, I definitely am not white. Nothing about being white describes who I am.” ...
In the “Today” interview on Tuesday and one that followed on a sister network, MSNBC, Ms. Dolezal, remarkably composed despite harsh criticism aimed at her, stuck to her insistence that racial heredity does not equal identity....
- Kirk Johnson, Richard Pérez-Peña and John Eligon, Rachel Dolezal, in Center of Storm, Is Defiant: ‘I Identify as Black’, NYT, June 16, 2015


J.K. Rowling, the creator of the “Harry Potter” series, was criticized by gay and transgender rights groups on Thursday after she expressed support for a British researcher whose views on transgender people were described by a court as “not worthy of respect in a democratic society.”

The researcher, Maya Forstater, lost her job last year at a think tank in London and filed a lawsuit earlier this year alleging discrimination based on what she called her “gender critical” views, which she has expressed often on Twitter. Among them is the belief, which Ms. Forstater tweeted on Wednesday, that “it is impossible to change sex.” ...
“Dress however you please,” Ms. Rowling wrote on Twitter, where she has more than 14 million followers. “Call yourself whatever you like. Sleep with any consenting adult who’ll have you. Live your best life in peace and security. But force women out of their jobs for stating that sex is real? #IStandWithMaya #ThisIsNotADrill.”
- Liam Stack, J.K. Rowling Criticized After Tweeting Support for Anti-Transgender Researcher, NYT, Dec. 19, 2019


The Guardian reports that in March, Forstater’s contract was not renewed because of tweets she posted on the topic of transgender identity, such as “men cannot change into women,” and “it is unfair and unsafe for trans women to compete in women’s sport.”
- Dawn Ennis, J.K. Rowling Comes Out As A TERF, Forbes, Dec 19, 2019



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