Doctor Who writer Gareth Roberts is dropped because of transphobia

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Doctor Who writer Gareth Roberts has been dropped from an upcoming book project because he used anti-transgender rhetoric. Roberts, a former writer for the BBC TV sci-fi show, was set to make a comeback to the Doctor Who universe with a contribution to a new anthology of stories on the basis of the series. Doctor Who: The Target Storybook writers rejected Roberts as they found out about the remarks he used to make about the trans community. “I ❤️ how trannies choose names like Munroe, Paris and Chelsea. It’s never Julie or Bev is it? It’s almost like a clueless gayboy’s idea of a glamorous lady. But of course it’s definitely not that,” he once said. Roberts is gay himself. “God, remember when trannies were fun? Remember when lesbians were fu – no, don’t be daft,” the other transpghobic tweet from him read. Explaining the decision to drop Roberts from the anthology, a spokesperson for BBC Books said that these remarks deeply upset Doctor Who fans and might be damaging for the publisher if no action was taken. In a blog post, Roberts attempted to dismiss his anti-transgender tweets as “cheerful vulgarity,” before going on to hit out at “transgenderism and its ideology.”

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