Letter in response to support received by JK Rowling for her controversial statements about trans people
GAYLES.TV.- “Culture is, and must always be, at the forefront of social change, and as writers, editors, agents, journalists, and publishing professionals, we recognize the vital role that our industry has to promote and support the welfare and rights of trans and non-binary people ”, defends the letter signed by more than 200 prominent personalities from the literary world. The initiative was taken by the writers Kiran Millwood Hargrave and Daisy Johnson who wanted to launch "a message of love and solidarity for the trans and non-binary community" after the controversy generated by the statements of JK Rowling.
Rowling's comments on trans rights, including her argument that "if sex is not real, the reality experienced by women around the world is erased", were very hurtful to the trans community. Following the publication of her new crime novel "Troubled Blood," which features a serial killer who wears women's clothing to deceive his victims, Rowling came under fire online.
Rowling and the controversy that does not stop
However, her novel reached number one on the UK book charts the following week. And Rowling was supported by authors such as Ian McEwan, Lionel Shriver, Susan Hill and Philip Hensher, who denounced the abuse directed at Rowling and the "insidious, authoritarian and misogynistic trend on social media." A total of 58 writers supported the author of "Harry Potter" in an open letter. "Rowling has always proven herself to be an honorable and compassionate person," read the letter published in the Sunday Times at the weekend.
In response to this support, another 200 figures from the world of culture have come together to show their support for the trans and non-binary community. The charter states that "non-binary lives are valid, trans women are women, trans men are men, trans rights are human rights."
I asked for my name to be signed in blood, to underscore the seriousness and vehemence of my support for my trans and enby pals and future-pals. And while I now grant signing things in blood makes printing them difficult, the sentiment remains https://t.co/cp2eoV6MA7
- Melinda Salisbury (@MESalisbury) September 30, 2020
We support trans and non-binary people and their rights
This is a message of love and solidarity for the trans and non-binary community. Culture is, and must always be, at the forefront of social change, and as writers, editors, agents, journalists, and publishing professionals, we recognize the vital role that our industry plays in promoting and supporting the well-being and rights of women. trans and non-trans people. binary people. We are with you, we listen to 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.
Photograph: The Guardian, The Second Shelf