JK Rowling leads criticism after transgender woman managing women’s soccer club is celebrated

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Sutton United, a women’s football club in England that performs within the London and South East Girls’s Regional Soccer League, made historical past earlier this yr when it named Lucy Clark as their supervisor. Clark is the primary transgender supervisor in ladies’s soccer historical past.

Clark was initially the primary transgender ladies to be a referee. Clark was a referee within the third tier of ladies’s soccer in England. Clark, on the time, referred to as the appointment to supervisor of Sutton United “type of a dream come true,” in accordance with BBC.


Sutton United supervisor Lucy Clark factors through the LSE Regional Premier match at St Paul’s Sports activities Floor, London, Feb. 11, 2024. (Rhianna Chadwick/PA Photos by way of Getty Photos)

On Saturday, Delight UK – an LGBTQIA+ advocacy group – expressed assist for Clark because the supervisor of Sutton United, touting Clark’s rise from being a referee to now main a soccer membership. The publish garnered a ton of response.

“Once I was younger all of the soccer managers have been straight, white, middle-aged blokes, so it is improbable to see how a lot issues have modified,” “Harry Potter” writer J.K. Rowling wrote on X.

Australian lawyer Katherine Deves Morgan wrote, “Center-aged bloke celebrated for cross-dressing on the soccer discipline. What a simple method to make your self the centre of consideration.”

British politician Jayda Fransen added that Clark’s appointment was “offensive to each women and men.”


JK Rowling at a Six Nations match

J. Ok. Rowling arrives for the Guinness Six Nations match on the Scottish Gasoline Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, Feb. 24, 2024. (Andrew Milligan/PA Photos by way of Getty Photos)

“Males up & down the nation handle soccer groups, many are volunteers however they aren’t celebrated as a result of they don’t put on wigs,” Fransen wrote. “Since that is one other man in a predominantly male function, it’s NOT an uncommon achievement, only a man mocking ladies.”

Clark responded to the remarks on X.

“One other day of hate fuelled transphobia in opposition to me… however hey guess what I’m dwelling my finest life,” Clark wrote. “Get up on a regular basis with my stunning household round me. On a regular basis I snicker and have issues to look ahead too. Who’s profitable at life… the one who’s joyful and smiling or these hating?

“So JK, Posie, Glinner and the remainder of you on the market hating on my neighborhood and myself guess what IDGAF… you retain hating and I’ll carry on smiling and dwelling my finest life. Perhaps you need to all give it a attempt eh.”

Lucy Clark during a match

Sutton United Girls’s supervisor Lucy Clark through the LSE Regional Premier match at St Paul’s Sports activities Floor, Feb. 11, 2024. (Rhianna Chadwick/PA Photos by way of Getty Photos)


The London and South East Girls’s Regional Soccer League is within the fifth tier of ladies’s soccer. Sutton United is eighth within the standings.

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