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Keira Marcos

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SOABA commented: 

I recieved a rather nasty email regarding one of my always-a-girl!Bilbo fics on AO3. I’m used to being called homophobic (mostly reviews like that just make me roll my eyes these days because anyone who has looked at my profile knows I’m very comfortable writing m/m) but this email called me transphobic for daring to make Bilbo a girl, along with several other unpleasant things. The emailer also implied that all authors who switch a character’s canonical gender is as well. I was… really confused. Do you, as a more experienced writer, have any idea why someone would consider my fem!Bilbo stories transphobic?

I certainly don’t consider myself to be transphobic. I’ve never written a trans character into one of my stories, true, but ONLY because I am terrified of inadvertently offending someone due to a lack of knowledge and the last thing I want to do is hurt anyone with my work. As someone else who has written fem!Bilbo (for the same reason as me; The Hobbit is a sausage fest) do you think that there was any basis to this emailer’s claim?