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UK's only trans philosophy professor to JK Rowling: Harry Potter helped me become a woman

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open letter, was JK Rowling, who on 7 July signed a letter warning of the dangers of censoriousness and intolerance, after publishing a broadside in June on transgender issues.

The irony, Chappell says, is that it was a line in Harry Potter that helped her decide to take the path she did.We’re chatting on Skype and Chappell, at home in Dundee, is wearing a cream shirt and a matching string of beads.

She looks comfortable and relaxed; you sense that her 50s have been a rebirth, and she’s enjoying life to the full. Now professor of philosophy at the Open University – the only openly transgender person to hold a UK chair in her subject, she believes – Chappell is also a Leverhulme Trust major research fellow, and is writing a book on.

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