Indigo Is Speaking Out Against J.K. Rowling & Celebrating Pride Month
They have a lot of great LGBTQ titles.
Harry Potter's creator has been the subject of discussion lately, and not in a positive way. After J.K. Rowling's tweets defending transphobia, fans and former supporters have spoken out against her. That now includes Canadian bookseller Indigo.
The company issued a public statement about the author's public remarks against theon its Instagram page.
"Indigo stands firmly and positively with the Transgender community," the June 25 post reads.
"It is disappointing to us that J.K. Rowling, an author we admired and supported and that our customers have so supported, would make statements so inconsistent with our values."
The post concludes with the message, "The identities of all Transgender people must be respected without question or judgment."
This comes after remarks Rowling made on her Twitter account in regards to transgender individuals.
These included implying that only women can have periods after Devex published an opinion piece with the title "Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate."
"'People who menstruate.' I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?" the author tweeted.
Rowling received criticism for not recognizing that transgender men, as well as non-binary individuals, can also have periods. Others also pointed out that not all women menstruate.
On top of offering a firm rebuke to the author's own opinions, Indigo is highlighting LGBTQ titles and authors in a section on their website for Pride Month.
That includes Lot: Stories by Bryan Washington, a coming of age story about the youngest son in a diverse family growing up in Houston and discovering that he likes boys.
The website notes that it was one offavourite books of the year.
There's also Seeing Gender: An Illustrated Guide to Identity and Expression by Iris Gottlieb. In it, Gottlieb draws on history, science, and her own life experiences to explain the process of navigating identity.
There are plenty of other insightful, funny, and heartfelt titles to choose from, as well as some prettysuch as tote bags and socks and a rainbow floatie.