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!
90 York Way
London, N1 9GU,
The New York Times
620 8th Avenue
New York, NY 10018
BBC Broadcasting House
London, W1A 1AA