Thirdly, when we speak, we have to think about who is listening. Twenty-five years ago, JK Rowling would have made statements about transgendered people and no one would have cared. A few people in her circle of friends would have agreed with her, and a few people in her circle of friends would have disagreed with her. Twenty-five years later, Ms. Rowling is an Internationally known writer. Her words suddenly have great import. It is not just a few people who will hear her words. It is millions of people who listen to her now. And in the eyes of some, if she can say things which hurt members of the transgendered community, than maybe I can say similar things as well. Those who influence through literary works, through money, political power and position have an even greater responsibility to ensure that speech and actions promote the civil rights of all people and not the buried fears, prejudices, and misunderstandings of her heart.