Show your support for J K Rowling!

Happy Birthday J K Rowling

J K Rowling’s and Harry Potter’s birthdays are coming up on July 31st. We have a fantastic way you can show your support for J K Rowling – read on!

We know we’re not alone in feeling enormous gratitude to J K Rowling for speaking out on behalf of women and children. Most people would support her right to talk of her own experiences as a woman and to express concern about the medical transition of children. However, much of the press coverage did not reflect this, but seemed to imply that J K Rowling had said something that was ‘anti trans’ and bigoted.

Articles such as this one from the BBC served as a platform to build the ‘case against’ J K Rowling and failed to report the true story. The real story was the onslaught of horrendous and misogynistic bullying of the world’s best-loved children’s author, in an attempt to ‘cancel’ her for the crime of speaking of female experience. The real story was also the outpouring of love and gratitude from women, feminists and parents alike, and the overwhelming support from defenders of free speech and ‘ordinary people’.

The real story was also about how few people in the public eye dared to stand up and publicly support J K Rowling – which was a demonstration of how effective bullying campaigns like this are – and the chilling effect they have on the whole of society and the freedom of exchange of ideas. Luckily we have journalists such as Madeleine Kearns who provided a platform for professional researchers such as Lisa Littman and Kenneth Zucker, who were willing to publicly state their support for J K Rowling.

It is the left, liberal media that has failed to report with adequate impartiality on the issue of transgender rights, and as Helen Saxby points out in this article, this includes reports on GRA reform that seriously mislead the public on political matters that affect them.

J K Rowling has catapulted this issue into wide public consciousness in a way that possibly no-one else could and the left-wing, liberal media has shown a bias in its reporting that only supports the bullying from those who want to stifle all debate. We think it is crucial that the left-wing media reports impartially and allows open, critical debate.

Harry Potter fans will know that the boy wizard receives his first Hogwarts’ acceptance letter a week before his 11th birthday. When his Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon refuse to let him see the letter, more and more “letters from no one” begin to arrive, finally inundating his aunt and uncle.

So, Lisa Marchiano had an idea, Stella O’Malley drafted a letter, and they hatched a plot. Why don’t we all show our support for Joanne on her birthday by sending “letters from no one” to The Guardian, the BBC, and The New York Times? All we are asking for is constructive dialogue in the mainstream media.

Please join us! Download the letter here: https://www.transgendertrend.com/happy-birthday-jkrowling/

Print it out three times, and send it to the New York Times, the BBC, and the Guardian in time for it to arrive around July 31st.  

Once you’ve printed your letter, please take a picture of it and post the photo on social media using the hashtags #ItsNotHateToWantDebate and #HappyBirthdayJKR. Tag in the journalists and the outlets. And please help spread the word!

Let’s send as many letters to each of these media outlets as Hogwarts sent to Harry at Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia’s house. 

Looking forward to seeing you at Hogwarts!

#ItsNotHateToWantDebate #HappyBirthdayJKR


The Guardian

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 The New York Times

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BBC

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This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Simon Baddeley

    J K Rowling is one of the people I will be telling my grandchildren – boy and girl – about, when they are a little older and interested in public courage in the social web age, as well as the character of a strong woman. They will also learn about inclusion, respect for differences and honour, and at the same time they will learn about crowd behaviour, and the odd and sometimes hateful behaviour of humans behaving crazily and nastily, because someone who has little to gain by it, stands up for truth.

    1. Lyndsey Snow

      Well said!

  2. sly fawkes

    I emailed them and added this statement at the end of my letter.

    My name is Sly. I am a 55-year-old American woman who lives with neurological, physical, and psychological challenges. I have been fighting for equal treatment for all people and for an end to the appalling misogyny that women are subjected to literally since childhood. I was dismayed when I started undergoing puberty, not because I didn’t want to be a woman but because I saw the way women are treated. I have been horrified by the misogynistic vitriol that J.K. Rowling has been subjected to, including sexual harassment and death threats, simply for recognizing that women are subject to sex-based discrimination.

    The conflation of sex and gender over the past decade has resulted in terrible harms to the rights that women have been fighting for during the past century and more. Women are being violently silenced for speaking out about sex-based discrimination and are being accused of “transphobia” for realizing that the experiences of transgender women are different than the experiences of those who are born women.

    J.K. Rowling does not hate transgender people and neither do I, but both of us are subject to hateful and violent threats for recognizing the erosion of women’s rights by a radicalized group of trans rights activists whom the media has capitulated to. J.K. Rowling has been much braver than anyone should have to be, and I honor her for it. It is time that the major media outlets have the courage to stand up for open and rational debate regarding these issues as well.

    Sincerely, Sly

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