The poster "I Love JK Rowling" was faraway from the Edinburgh prepare station after trans feedback

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Feminist activist Kellie-Jay Keen with her billboard, which cost £ 1,200 to display before being removed.(Photo: Instagram / Kellie-Jay Keen)

A poster that read "I Love JK Rowling" was removed from Edinburgh Central Station after the Harry Potter author criticized transideology.

Network Rail Scotland, which manages Waverley station, confirmed the decision on Twitter.

The ad was placed on Monday by feminist activist Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull on the station, who voiced criticism of the gender recognition laws.

She announced the release of the billboard in a YouTube livestream earlier this week and said she was "very happy" with it.

"It cost a lot of money," she said.

However, in a statement on Twitter, Network Rail Scotland said the ad had now been stopped because it was too political.

"This ad is no longer running in Edinburgh Waverley," it said.

"Due to its political nature, the poster in question violates our code of acceptance for advertising on our channels.

"We don't allow advertising that is likely to support or promote one point of view against another."

The statement was released in response to a Twitter post by Lewis C Baird, founder of the Theater Scotland Review website, who claimed Edinburgh was "an unwelcome and transphobic city".

Rowling has been in the transgender series for the past few months, criticizing an article related to "Menstruating Men" and writing a long personal essay saying that freedom of speech and same-sex spaces should be protected.

Signing an open letter alongside Noam Chomsky, Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie, who warned of increasing censorship on the matter, she criticized hormone therapy and surgery for transgender youth.

Network Rail Scotland's decision to remove the billboard has been heavily criticized on social media. Twitter users asked why an "I Love JK Rowling" poster was considered too political, but the rainbow logo was not.

A Twitter user wrote: "If a poster that says & # 39; I Love JK Rowling & # 39; is insulting on her birthday where she wrote her most famous books, you have really gone insane. "

Another said, "JK Rowling has made tremendous contributions to theater, art, literature, and charities. This kind of bullying under the guise of morality must stop."

The Free to Disagree campaign group said, "This is the feverish political climate in which the hate crime law will apply."

Quick question – you are likely promoting and painting your own cars in the colors of a decidedly political movement. It's okay, but isn't a digital poster that says "I love JK Rowling" during her birthday week in her hometown?
I am a gay man and I know that the rainbow flag is political.

– I see Groupthink (@zucker_refugee) on July 30, 2020

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