October 5, 2020

Writers and publishers stand in support of trans and non-binary people


I’m sure we all remember earlier this summer when J.K. Rowling squashed all of our tween Harry Potter hearts when she publicly offered her criticism on transgender ideology. Soon after she broadcasted a personal blog post using her Twitter account by simply writing, “trans-exclusionary radical feminist wars.” You can read how she addressed the claims against her that she’s transphobic here.

Last week many authors gathered on the internet to sign a letter defending J.K. Rowling after the hashtag #RIPJKRowling went viral, spreading like wildfire across the web. You can read more about the letter here.

We’ll leave it up to you to decide what you think of J.K. Rowling because that is not what this MobyLives is about. We’re here to draw attention to the many writers, publishers, and journalists who, this week, made a contribution to something of significance. Over 200 writers and publishers signed their names to proclaim their support for transgender and non-binary communities. This is a letter of profound beauty and importance that you can (and should) read here. You can sing the praises of writers Kiran Millwood Hargrave and Daisy Johnson for putting it together.

There’s no better way to conclude this MobyLives today than by reamplifying these words: “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.”

Allison Green is the social media manager at Melville House.