An independent book retailer in Australia has announced that they will no longer stock novels written by J.K. Rowling, including the Harry Potter series, due to their belief that the author’s views on transgender issues are transphobic.

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On September 16th, Perth-based bookshop Rabble Books and Games published a statement on their social media pages informing their customers that, in an effort to “make Rabble a safer space” by “trying not to put books by transphobes on the shelves”, the store would no longer “stock new JK Rowling books” or keep “Robert Galbraith books (her pseudonym for crime novels) on the shelf anymore.”

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Hey Rabblers, we want to talk about JK Rowling. We are always trying to make Rabble a safer space for our community, and part of that is trying not to put books by transphobes on the shelves, when we know about them. . Here is where we’re at: we’re not going to stock new JK Rowling books and we won’t be keeping Robert Galbraith books (her pseudonym for crime novels) on the shelf anymore*. Though we don’t sell many, we’re going to phase out the Harry Potter books too. We know that HP means a lot to a lot of people and that often you want to share them with the youngsters in your life. We will always be happy to order them in for you, as with any books we don’t stock. For any we do sell, we’ll be donating our profits to @transfolkofwa. We’re physically a very small shop, and this opens up so much space for awesome books by @digressica @jeremy.lachlan @writermoss @rebeccalim_writer, Ambelin Kwaymullina, @azemezi and other amazing writers with middle grade and young adult fantasy adventure books. . Whilst stocking a book isn’t an endorsement (good grief, that would be a minefield), and we will always take orders for books that aren’t in stock, there are more worthy books to put on the shelf, books that don’t harm communities and won’t make us sad to unpack them. . *Just a note about this pseudonym – Robert Galbraith Heath was a psychologist who helped develop conversion therapy. Hard to imagine that’s a coincidence. Maybe read @dervlamctiernan and @taramossauthor instead? . What I’d love to hear is your suggested alternatives – what are some queer and trans positive fantasy books for young people and crime books for adults? . There’s a link in our bio for more info about JK’s latest book, with a heavy CN for transphobia and transmisogyny. — Nat . Image from @them [Image is a black background with BOYCOTT TRANS-PHOBES written in block letters, rainbow coloured with a left-to-right blend.] #TransRightsAreHumanRights

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The store also recognized how “HP means a lot to a lot of people and that often you want to share them with the youngsters in your life” and stated that they would “always be happy to order them in for you, as with any books we don’t stock.”

However, they clarified that “for any we do sell, we’ll be donating our profits to TransFolk of Western Australia.”  TransFolk of Western Australia describes themselves as a  “peer support and information service for all trans and gender diverse people and their loved ones in Western Australia.”

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“Whilst stocking a book isn’t an endorsement (good grief, that would be a minefield), and we will always take orders for books that aren’t in stock, there are more worthy books to put on the shelf, books that don’t harm communities and won’t make us sad to unpack them,” Rabble Books and Games explained.

The store then claimed that Rowling chose her pseudonym, Robert Galbraith, in honor of Robert Galbraith Heath, “a psychologist who helped develop conversion therapy.”

“Hard to imagine that’s a coincidence,” they stated.

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In reality, the shared name between the two truly is nothing more than a coincidence, as the official website for Rowling’s alter-ego once noted that she “chose her alter ego of Robert Galbraith by conflating the name of her political hero Robert F Kennedy and her childhood fantasy name “Ella Galbraith.””

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The store concluded their statement by asking their followers to suggest “some queer and trans positive fantasy books for young people and crime books for adults” as alternatives to Rowling’s works.

What is your opinion on Rabble Books and Games’ decision? Do you think Rowling named herself after Heath? Let us know your thoughts on social media or in the comments down below!

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