The esteemed gentlefolks behind the Shoebox Podcast want to do a quick check in during tough times. First: We hope you're doing well, staying healthy, and keeping afloat during the pandemic. We want you all to know that we love you and are thinking of you. These times are tough, there's no getting around that. Please wash your hands, wear masks, and be extra kind. If you are struggling, we send you love. Beyond that, we feel it imperative to stress that Black Lives Matter and always have. We are individually doing what we can to support the uprisings - protesting, donating, emailing, calling friends and family in and out, and overall attempting to hold employers and retailers and organizations accountable for their actions. We are all of us also looking inward and considering our part in the white supremacist patriarchy that we live in. Again, we send our love to everyone who is struggling right now. And, of course, as a Harry Potter podcast, we felt it our duty to stand up and speak against the most recent hateful and transphobic statements from JKR. It feels important to repeat the words of Bonnie Wright: if HP is a source of love and belonging to you, that love is infinite and there to take without judgement or question. That said, if your heart feels broken and you do not feel safe in this world, we understand. We behind the Shoebox Project Podcast want to make it very clear where we stand: Trans women are women, trans men are men, and non-binary and genderqueer people are cool as fuck. We love you all and welcome you to express yourselves as you feel is right to you and is within your power. Shoebox Project has always been unapologetically queer. Jaida and Rave, the writers, have both spoken out on social media (along with most of the cast) against JKR's hateful rhetoric. In December, Rave tweeted: anyway, in the shoebox project remus is trans. we never talked about it because it was so obvious, next. That is straight from the author's mouth, it's canon, folks. As always, you can reach us on twitter @shoeboxpod or by emailing email@example.com Take care of yourselves and take care of each other.