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Terry Pratchett’s Daughter Dismisses “Horrifying” Claims That Author Would Have Been a Transphobe

Clearly these people have never read any of Sir Terry's work.
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Few authors can claim the extraordinary fan base and universal adoration that Sir Terry Pratchett has. The prolific Discworld author, who passed away in 2015, was not only a pillar of fantasy literature, but was universally beloved among his peers. Pratchett’s work often contained themes of acceptance and inclusivity, so when some online transphobes tried to claim him as one of their own, the internet reacted with righteous anger and indignation.

Chief among them was Pratchett’s daughter Rhianna, who tweeted “This is horrifying. My father would most definitely not be a GC if he was still alive. Read. The. Books.”

“GC” stands for “gender critical”, i.e. a fancy pseudo-academic phrase to describe transphobic people. Anti-trans campaigners have previously tried to co-opt the words of dead authors, applying a transphobic interpretation to their works. It is upsetting and deeply distasteful that these people are trying to place an anti-trans label on authors who can no longer speak for themselves.

And of all the authors…Terry Pratchett, really? Clearly none of these people have actually read Mr. Pratchett’s work, or they would know that he frequently subverted gender norms and featured gender nonconforming characters in several books, like Discworld‘s Cheery Littlebottom, a dwarf who identifies as a woman and uses she/her pronouns.

Many fans took to Twitter to celebrate Pratchett’s work and call out the transphobic claims for what they are: absolute rubbish.

The lesson? Don’t come for Discworld fans and don’t you dare besmirch the reputation of Sir Terry.

(via Pink News, image: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

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Chelsea was born and raised in New Orleans, which explains her affinity for cheesy grits and Britney Spears. An pop culture journalist since 2012, her work has appeared on Autostraddle, AfterEllen, and more. Her beats include queer popular culture, film, television, republican clownery, and the unwavering belief that 'The Long Kiss Goodnight' is the greatest movie ever made. She currently resides in sunny Los Angeles, with her husband, 2 sons, and one poorly behaved rescue dog. She is a former roller derby girl and a black belt in Judo, so she is not to be trifled with. She loves the word “Jewess” and wishes more people used it to describe her.