Author Stella Duffy "hounded" off Twitter by transphobic trolls
Duffy's wife Shelley Silas described the attacks against her wife as "utterly hurtful"
Les fic author Stella Duffy was earlier forced to take hiatus from Twitter for almost a week after being subjected to abuse by a group of transphobic trolls.
So radical feminist lesbians have chased Stella Duffy off Twitter. They must be feeling so proud and righteous right now. Bunch of bigoted bullies— Sarah Hilary (@sarah_hilary) July 12, 2018
I was going to tweet something fun about my new Stella Duffy book which arrived today, but now I find she's been hounded off Twitter by TERFs and I am furious.— Sarah Noble (@primalamusica) July 17, 2018
When TERFs say they are worried about trans people being told what to do...— Malachite Tiger (@MalachiteTiger) July 14, 2018
Remind them that they were the ones who harassed Stella Duffy off of twitter for holding opinions they didn't approve of.
The hounding and hate directed at Stella Duffy is unacceptable. Debate is fine but getting personal about all elements of someone (particularly whilst hiding behind a no name twitter account) is cowardly and the worst kind of hateful. I am filled with sad. #AllAccountsReported https://t.co/x7uVWDaYSa— Emily Macaulay (@emilyjmacaulay) July 14, 2018
After leaving the site, Stella's wife and Diversity Role Models patron, Shelley Silas, took to the platform to write that she'd found the attacks against her wife "utterly hurtful".
I’m finding the attacks against my wife @stellduffy utterly hurtful. Those of you transphobic women out there have probably never met a trans person in your life. We have. They are people. They are not a threat to anyone. Maybe you’re the problem, not then.— Shelley Silas (@shelleysilas) July 11, 2018
Shelley's tweet was met with a flood of well wishes from friends and fans:
Sending you both love. You are obviously hitting a nerve saying the right things, for the trolls to attack. Stay strong and don’t let it get to you.( Easier said than done, I know.)— Elisabeth Jennings (@ElisabethMJ01) July 12, 2018
I love and respect Stella and you, and when I can offer whatever support I can. This, as with all transphobic hate and bullying, is inexcusable and despicable. Love and solidarity as always to you, Stella and all attacked for being decent humans. Much love x— Pip Green 🔻🏳️🌈 (@PipJGreen) July 18, 2018
All good wishes to Stella Duffy. She and you are wonderful women.— Jane Carnall (@EyeEdinburgh) July 14, 2018
These anti-trans bigots deserve only contempt.
DIVA publisher Linda Riley has also since spoken out over the abuse:
We need the Inspirational @stellduffy back on twitter, it’s just not the same without her. If you have opinions which disagree with others please keep the conversations respectful. Pls RT if you agree 🏳️🌈 https://t.co/7oAPCcg7UQ— Linda Riley (@LindaRiley8) July 17, 2018
DIVA yesterday published an open letter to the Lesbian Rights Alliance who had called on Stonewall to remove the L from LGBT.
"A Times article, published today, announces 'lesbian fury at Stonewall over ‘trans agenda’, as if the 135 signatories of an open letter speak for every lesbian in the world," wrote DIVA editor Carrie Lyell.
"Sorry, but you're wrong. Given DIVA’s unequivocal stance on trans issues, I’m sure it goes without saying, but for anyone not quite sure: those 135 signatories do not speak for us, or for the majority of cisgender lesbians."
Stella has since returned to Twitter and we at DIVA are sending her lots of love. Don't let 'em grind you down, Stella.
Read the full DIVA open letter here
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