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Stephen King, Margaret Atwood and Roxane Gay champion trans rights in open letter

Stephen King, Margaret Atwood, Roxane Gay, Neil Gaiman, John Green, NK Jemisin and Angie Thomas are among the 1,200 writers who signed a letter in support of trans 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,” they write. “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 matter. You are loved.”

Author Maureen Johnson, who initiated the letter, said that while “letters do not fix things”, they are “designed to a) show support and b) bring awareness to an issue. In this case, the issue is transphobia in the publishing discourse and community.”

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