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JK Rowling trans row: More than 200 authors, editors, publishers write letter supporting trans and non-binary people

This comes after more than 50 journalists, writers, actors among signed an open letter condemning the hate speech the Harry Potter was subjected to

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 30, 2020 5:57:12 pm
This was in response to the hate speech the author had been subjected to. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

After more than 50 authors, journalists wrote an open letter lending their support to Harry Potter author JK Rowling in the context of the hate speech she has been subjected to over the past couple of months, more than 200 writers and publishers have signed another letter to express their support for trans and non-binary people.

“This is a message of love and solidarity for the trans and non-binary community. Culture is, and should always be, at the forefront of societal change, and as writers, editors, agents, journalists, and publishing professionals, we recognise the vital role our industry has in advancing and supporting the wellbeing and rights of trans and non-binary people. We stand with you, we hear you, we see you, we accept you, we love you. The world is better for having you in it. Non-binary lives are valid, trans women are women, trans men are men, trans rights are human rights. From members of the UK and Irish publishing community,” it reads and has been signed by authors like Jeanette Winterson, Joanne Harris, Sinéad Gleeson among others. 

A report in The Independent had previously stated that more than 50 journalists, writers, actors had signed an open letter to express solidarity for Rowling. Among those who signed the letter, are Ian McEwan, Susan Hill, TV writer Graham Linehan.

“Rowling has consistently shown herself to be an honourable and compassionate person, and the appalling hashtag #RIPJKRowling is just the latest example of hate speech directed against her and other women that Twitter and other platforms enable and implicitly endorse,” the letter read, as quoted by the report.

“We are signing this letter in the hope that, if more people stand up against the targeting of women online, we might at least make it less acceptable to engage in it or profit from it. We wish JK Rowling well and stand in solidarity with her,” it said further.

The full list as shared by the report reads as follows.

“Ian McEwan, author; Lionel Shriver, author; Griff Rhys Jones, actor; Graham Linehan, writer; Maureen Chadwick, writer; Andrew Davies, writer; Frances Barber, actress; Craig Brown, writer; Alexander Armstrong, actor; Amanda Craig, writer; Philip Hensher, writer; Susan Hill, writer; Jane Thynne, writer; Ben Miller, actor; Simon Fanshawe, writer; James Dreyfus, actor; Frances Welch, writer; Francis Wheen, writer; Arthur Matthews, writer; Aminatta Forna, writer; Joan Smith, writer; Nick Cohen, journalist; Kath Gotts, composer & lyricist; Ann McManus, writer; Eileen Gallagher, writer & producer; Jimmy Mulville, producer; Lizzie Roper, actress; Stella O’Malley, author; Nina Paley, animator; Julie Bindel, journalist; Abigail Shrier, journalist; Rachel Rooney, author; Jane Harris, writer; Tatsuya Ishida, cartoonist; Lisa Marchiano, author; Zuby, musician and author; Debbie Hayton, journalist; Gillian Philip, Author, Jonny Best, musician; Manick Govinda, arts consultant; Russell Celyn Jones, writer; Magi Gibson, writer; Victoria Whitworth, writer; Dr Mez Packer, writer; Grace Carley, producer; Sam Leith, journalist; Malcolm Clark, television producer-director; Shirley Wishart, musician; Charlotte Delaney, writer; Nehanda Ferguson, musician; Justin Hill, writer; Trezza Azzopardi, writer; Birdy Rose, artist; Jess de Wahls, textile artist; Mo Lovatt, writer; Simon Edge, novelist; Tom Stoppard, playwright; and Amanda Smyth, writer.”

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