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Dear J. K. Rowling

My heart is shattered.

Dear J. K. Rowling,

I thought you were a good person. I actually did. I defended you when people asked why you didn't have Dumbledore being openly gay, pointing out not only would the books not been published but that Harry, from whose point of view the books are written, is so self absorbed Albus could've run around in rainbow colored robes screaming "GAY WIZARD PRIDE!" constantly and Harry never would've noticed.

When people said that the goblins in your books are "anti-Semitic imagery" I researched and looked for sources that proved or disproved their claims that "all goblins are based on Jews." I never could find anything one way or the other.

When my fellow Americans whined about Ilvermony I said, "She never said it was the only American school, it's just the most famous. How many UK schools can you name besides Oxford, Cambridge, and Eton? For that matter, how many American schools besides Harvard, Yale, and Vasser can a British person name?" It usually shut them up as they realized there likely are other American wizarding schools, just not as famous as Ilvermony. And when they complained about it being a Hogwarts clone, I pointed out the founder's history and how she had dreamed of Hogwarts for so long, thinking it was her only escape from an abusive household, of course it made sense she'd base Ilvermony on Hogwarts.

I thought for sure you really were a good, just misunderstood, person. After all, your books are all about how evil and stupid bigotry is. Tom Riddle AKA Voldemort is very much Adolf Hitler, right down to how he's half muggle and the rumors that Hitler's maternal grandmother was actually Jewish. Your books show that it's wrong to judge people simply for how they were born.

And yet - you hate transgender people. You are a hateful bigot who hates transgender people.

Transgender people can't help that they were born in the wrong body. It's not something that they can control. Yet you believe the bigoted lie that transwomen are "really men who just want to raped women so they dress as women." But that's not true at all.

Transwomen are women, transmen are men.

You say someone has to have a menstrual cycle to "be a real woman." Does that mean someone like me, who had a hysterectomy because of severe anemia and a growth in my uterus, is no longer a real woman? What about women who've been through menopause? What about girls who haven't reached puberty yet? Are we all not really female then? What will you say about yourself when you no longer menstruate?

Is it possible there has been cases where someone dresses like a woman or a man in order to commit crimes? Sure, I bet it's happened. I mean, Ted Bundy wore a fake cast. There's those that believe Jack The Ripper was a woman dressed as a man. But that does not mean every single transgender person is a sexual predator. Because a person who does that isn't transgender anymore than Ted Bundy's arm was broken.

Someone who's taking hormones/testosterone and working on transitioning is trans and not a rapist in disguise.

I'll say it again - transwomen ARE women, transmen ARE men.

I remember reading that you used to be an atheist and have since become a Christian. If that's true, then I pray God removes Satan from your heart and lets you see that transwomen are women and transmen are men and you have a lot of repenting to do.

You've broken my heart, J. K. Rowling. I pray one day you repent and become more like the person your books led me to believe you were. Someone who knows bigotry is stupid and evil. And right now, Ms. Rowling, you are both stupid and evil. But you can change. All you have to do is accept that you are wrong and transwomen are women and transmen are men.

Sincerely,

Your former fan,

Jami JoAnne Russell