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Understand the LGBTQIA+ news this week: Joanne Harris, I Joan, Hate Crimes and more

Understand the LGBTQIA+ news this week: Joanne Harris, I Joan, Hate Crimes and more

Jamie Wareham
QueerAF, Jamie Wareham

Every Saturday, QueerAF helps you understand the queer headlines and stay on top of the latest LGBTQIA+ content - all while we support queer creatives. It's written by me, Jamie Wareham, and a different queer creative each week.

πŸ’¬ This week:

  • Joanne Harris. Chair of the Society of Authors, and the latest victim of press and social media harassment for supporting trans people, like her child.
  • Hate Crimes. They are up. And by a lot, for the 7th year in a row. We explain the rise and what it means.
  • Being a trans parent. Far from hindering, their lived experience has made them a better parent - and the reasons are clear. Marley Conte shares in the Queer Gaze.

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πŸ“– Why the press and gender critical campaigners attacked Joanne Harris

TL;DR: The Chair of the Society of Authors put out a misjudged tweet in the wake of J.K. Rowling getting a death threat. Gender-critical campaigners and the media used this to attack the Chocolat author who has a trans child. It paints a bigger picture of the hypocrisy of some who purport to be free speech campaigners.

Joanne Harris is the Chair of the Society of Authors. She also happens to be a parent with a trans child.