March 5, 2020

Looking for ways to keep the conversation going about LGBTQ+ issues with your ERG, community group, or PFLAG chapter? Welcome to Something to Talk About, a monthly series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for Equality program to create conversation about LGBTQ+ issues. Each month we’ll offer an article on LGBTQ+ topics and suggest a few questions you can use to lead a discussion.

Have feedback about how your conversation went? Let us know by e-mailing info@straightforequality.org.

Why these Harry Potter fans are standing with the LGBTQ community against a J.K. Rowling tweet

Source: Washington Post Magazine

Author: Graham Vyse

Questions for Discussion:

  1. Prior to reading this article, what (if anything) did you know about trans-exclusionary radical feminists (TERFs)? Based on the information provided in the article do you think it is fair to call J.K. Rowling a TERF?
  2. In your opinion, is it possible to celebrate the works of an author/musician/artist while condemning their personal, and publicly stated, beliefs? In our current “cancel-culture” can you share other examples – where people tend to separate the art from the artist – that come to mind?
  3. This article outlines a variety of activities that Harry Potter Alliance members in Washington DC discussed to communicate their support for people who are transgender. Which idea do you think would have the greatest impact? Why?
  4. (Optional, but you know everyone is curious) What Hogwarts house are you?
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