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Indigo expresses disappointment in J.K. Rowling over her views of the transgender community


J.K. Rowling

Indigo Books & Music Inc. posted a statement on Instagram on Friday calling J.K. Rowling’s views on the transgender community “inconsistent with our values.” The Harry Potter author questioned the gender-inclusive phrase “people who menstruate” on Twitter. She followed up with a blog post in which she mused that her experience with OCD as a young person may have driven her to transition for the wrong reasons if she had found a supportive community.

“Indigo stands firmly and positively with the Transgender community,” the post read, in part. The struggling retail chain will continue to sell books by Rowling. When asked on Instagram if Indigo would still sell her books, the account posted, “As a bookseller, our role is to provide Canadians with the broadest possible range of publications across a wide variety of subjects.

“Our guidelines about the books we will not sell apply to the content of the books themselves, not to the authors. We believe in freedom of speech, and encourage our customers to decide for themselves which books they would like to support and which books they feel do not align with their values. We believe that representation is vital and we are dedicated to elevating and amplifying Trans* and gender diverse voices through the books and authors we support.”


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June 29th, 2020

3:04 pm

Category: Bookselling

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