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Authors quit J K Rowling agency after it refuses to stand with the transgender community

By Purvi Jain

Four authors have given their resignation from JK Rowling’s literacy agencies after the company refused to publish a statement in support of transgender.

A joint statement was released on Monday by writers fox fishers, Ugla Stefania, Kristjonudottir Jonsdottir, and Drew Davies saying their departure from London which is based on the Blair partnership.

They stated they have asked the agency about, “Reaffirm their stance to transgender rights and equality.” However, after a few conversations says, “they had been unable to commit to any action that we thought was appropriate and meaningful.”

The group that featured LGBT writers said it was important as they were represented by the agency which says, “support our rights at all avenues and do not endorse views that go against our values and principles.”

A fourth author who didn’t co-sign the statement but was also parted ways with the agency.

A spokeswoman for the Blair partnership said that “ it championed equality and inclusivity” but denied to “ meet their demands to be re-educated to their point of view.”

They said, “We support the rights of all our clients to express their thoughts and beliefs and we believe in freedom of speech. Publishing and creative arts are dependent on these things. It is our duty as an agency to support all our clients in this fundamental freedom and do not comment on their individual views.”

“We are disappointed by the decision that four clients have taken to part ways with the agency. To reiterate, we believe in freedom of speech for all; these clients have decided to leave because we didn’t meet their demand to be re-educated to their point of view.

“We respect their rights to pursue what they feel is the correct course of action.

“We value all our authors’ voices and as an agency, champion equality and inclusivity. We remain committed to making the agency the most welcoming environment it can be everyone.

“The diversity of our clients’ voice is our strength and we take enormous pride from each and everyone.”

The Blair Partnership was founded in 2011 with Rowling the main person and further represented about 80 individuals consisting of boxer Tyson fury and cyclist Sir Chris hoy.

The author of Harry Potter, Rowling has been the subject of criticism following many issues regarding transgender.

In a long essay, Rowling recently revealed that she had been motivated to speak on it by she saw increasing in the misogynistic society.

She also revealed her previous domestic violence and sexual assault which made her speak out.

Following Rowling’s statement, the actors of Harry Potter Emma Watson and Daniel Redcliffe came out by supporting transgender people.

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