JK Rowling has lunch with 'Respect My Sex' feminists as they unite for women's rights

The Harry Potter author was joined by Professor Kathleen Stock, Respect My Sex co-founder, Maya Forstater and several other activists


JK Rowling has met with several women’s rights feminists as she shows her support for the 'Respect My Sex' campaign.

The Harry Potter author posted a picture of her alongside other prominent women’s rights activists at a lunch.

Among those in attendance were Professor Kathleen Stock, who resigned from her role at the University of Sussex after being accused of transphobia, and Respect My Sex co-founder, Maya Forstater.

Alongside the photo, Rowling wrote on Twitter: “There was a lunch and I'm not saying I've only just sobered up enough to type this tweet but at the same time, I'm not not saying that.”

In a response to her Tweet which said “They got you drunk to see if you'd convert. JK”, the 56-year-old added: “It was me getting them drunk, to be honest. I do remember being authoritatively told I'm only 66 percent straight.

Jk Rowling at lunch with other women's rights activists
Jk Rowling at lunch with other women's rights activists
Rowling alongside Labour MP Rosie Duffield
Rowling alongside Labour MP Rosie Duffield

Rowling later posted a picture sat next to Labour MP Rosie Duffield at the lunch, adding: “Two ex-single mums now united for women’s rights.”

Author of the book ‘Trans: When Ideology Meets Reality’, Helen Joyce, posted more photos from the lunch, including an image of her and Rowling.

She wrote: "It was a memorable lunch yesterday with JK Rowling and some but by no means all of the wonderful women standing up against the new misogyny."

Rowling had previously been criticised for her views on trans women and last week responded to Russian president Vladimir Putin after he reportedly referenced her during a speech condemning “cancel culture” in the West.

The author said on Twitter that “critiques of Western cancel culture are possibly not best made by those currently slaughtering civilians for the crime of resistance”.

This was after she accused Sir Keir Starmer of misrepresenting equalities law, claiming Labour can “no longer be counted on to defend women’s rights”.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said last week he doesn’t think biological men should be competing in female sporting events.

He said: “I don't think that it's reasonable for kids to be deemed so-called Gillick-competent to take decisions about their gender or irreversible treatments that they may have. I think there should be parental involvement at the very least."

“I don't think that biological men should be competing in female sporting events.

“We will have a ban on gay conversion therapy, which to me is utterly abhorrent.”