Authors are standing together with their transgender and non-binary fans. Stephen King, Margaret Atwood, and John Green amongst many others have signed a letter declaring that the transgender and non-binary community maintain their support.
JK Rowling has received a surplus of media attention this past year regarding her comments toward the transgender community. In a recent novel, Troubled Blood, Rowling introduced a male character that dresses in women’s clothing in order to draw in victims.
As a result, members of the UK and Irish publishing community came together to pen a letter of support for the transgender and non-binary communities, receiving over 200 signatures from authors and publishers alike.
Today, the US version supported by American authors and publishers was released. It reads:
As members of the writing and publishing community of the United States and Canada, we stand firmly in support of trans and non-binary people and their rights.
We are writers, editors, journalists, agents, and professionals in multiple forms of publishing. We believe in the power of words. We want to do our part to help shape the curve of history toward justice and fairness.
To that end, we say: non-binary people are non-binary, trans women are women, trans men are men, trans rights are human rights.
Your pronouns matter.
You are loved.
The letter has been signed by over 1,200 individuals within the literary community thus far.