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 recognize 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.
According to a report 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.
The letter went like this. “Rowling has consistently shown herself to be an honorable 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. 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.
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