- Dr. Nyaaa~!
- Joined in 2008
All I ask is that you weigh up the above. If you think it's disgusting that trans people are being targeted like that, then please do something to try to stand up for them.
The hate movement is more than just J.K. Rowling, but not buying her works and (this is the most important bit!) talking about why you won't buy them with people you know so that you're spreading the word about what's going on, is a good thing everyone can do that 1. represents a principled stance against her and 2. co-opts the publicity her works always get to educate and build solidarity. It's not about hurting her pocket (she's already rich), it's about damaging her brand as well as informing people and building up the trans rights movement.
If you're not willing to engage with that strategy then no-one can force you. You'll have to square it with yourself and accept the disappointment you get from others, including most importantly trans people themselves. But this is a struggle with many battles to be fought, so here are some other things you can do to help.
I think donating to a trans charity like Mermaids is a solid move, particularly given the constant attempts by TERFs to damage their funding. You can start checking PinkNews which is queer-led journalism instead of relying on deeply flawed mainstream coverage. You can also get updates from people involved in the fight on Twitter (it feels weird singling her out as she's not a huge account or anything, but I think @KatyMontgomerie is a good follow for trans rights news/essays/actions). There's a petition about reforming the Gender Recognition Act you can sign here. There are sometimes trans rights protest marches you can go to, or you can write to your MP. Even going to Pride next year and waving a trans flag as an ally is better than nothing, though I hope if you're willing to do that you might do all of the above too.
Everyone needs to start fighting now, because by the time new Section 28 legislation has been drafted it will be too late.