JK Rowling hosted some of the country’s most prominent feminists and women’s activists for a self-confessed boozy lunch to support the ‘Respect My Sex’ campaign.
The Harry Potter writer, 56, posted a series of pictures to her 14million-follower Twitter feed giving a glimpse of the incredible meeting.
Guests included Professor Kathleen Stock, who resigned from her University of Sussex job after being accused of ‘transphobia’ and Helen Joyce, who penned Trans: When Ideology Meets Reality.
The co-founder of Sex Matters – which has united with other causes under the slogan ‘Respect my Sex if you want my X’ banner – Maya Forstater was also there.
They were joined by MP Rosie Duffield and veteran activist and campaigner at Get The L Out- Lesbian NOT queer campaign group Lianne Timmermann.
Ms Rowling said: ‘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.
Event featured women campaigners and activists as well as some who had been ‘cancelled’
JK Rowling with Labour MP Rosie Duffield at the event, which was held in London yesterday
JK Rowling with Liane Timmermann, activist and campaigner at Get The L Out- Lesbian NOT queer campaign
Ms Rowling with Allison Bailey, the barrister suing LGBTQ+ charity Stonewell and her chamber
Women campaigners who were at the lunch with JK Rowling
Professor Kathleen Stock. Philosopher who resigned from her academic post at the University of Sussex after being accused of ‘transphobia’.
Maya Forstater. Women’s rights activist who co-founded the group Sex Matters, which has the ‘Respect my Sex if you want my X’ slogan.
Allison Bailey. Barrister suing LGBTQ+ charity Stonewell and her London chambers over claims she was ‘silenced’ for her views on transgender issues.
Helen Joyce. Writer of Trans: When Ideology Meets Reality, who accused broadcasting and book industries of trying to ‘cancel’ her.
Liane Timmermann. Activist and campaigner at Get The L Out- Lesbian NOT queer campaign group, standing for the rights of lesbian women.
Julie Bindel. Journalist, broadcaster and feminist campaigner against male violence and write of the Feminism for Women book.
Suzanne Moore. Writer and former Guardian journalist who said the paper subbed out her articles on ‘female experience belonging to people with female bodies’.
JK Rowling. Harry Potter writer and women’s rights campaigner, she has been at the centre of controversy over comments on trans issues over the past couple of years.
Angela Wild. Businesswoman sent ‘death and rape threats on a daily basis’ by transgender rights activists over her t-shirts and badges campaigning for women’s sex-based rights.
‘It was me getting them drunk, to be honest. I do remember being authoritatively told I’m only 66% straight. Watch this space for further developments.’
And posting a picture with Ms Duffield, Ms Rowling signalled the event was for the ‘Respect my Sex’ campaign.
She added: ‘Two ex-single mums now united for women’s rights.’
The gathering – which happened yesterday and is believed to have been in London – of the campaigning women prompted some predictable reactions from some on Twitter.
Many of them have been subjected to death threats over their opinions or cancelled by woke zealots.
Prof Stock resigned from her academic post at the University of Sussex after being accused of ‘transphobia’ by some students.
Ms Bailey is currently suing LGBTQ+ charity Stonewell and her London chambers over claims she was ‘silenced’ for her views on transgender issues.
And Helen Joyce, the writer of Trans: When Ideology Meets Reality, has accused broadcasting and book industries of trying to ‘cancel’ her.
Businesswoman Angela Wild has also spoken out about how she had been sent ‘death and rape threats on a daily basis’ by transgender rights activists over her t-shirts and badges campaigning for women’s sex-based rights.
Activists Miss Forstater, Caroline Ffiske and Heather Binning urged voters to question politicians over their stance on issues such as the definition of a woman.
The campaign, which uses the slogan ‘Respect my Sex if you want my X’ has been described as ‘the most significant women’s movement since the Suffragettes’.
On Saturday, it received the backing of Rosie Duffield, a Labour MP who has faced accusations of transphobia for saying only women have a cervix.
The campaign urges prospective councillors to reveal their stance on transgender issues before ballots are cast.
The exact location of the event has not been revealed but is understood to be a London venue
Ms Rowling with Angela Wild, who makes t-shirts and badges campaigning for women’s sex-based rights
MP Rosie Duffy with Joanna Cherry QC, Member of Parliament (MP) for Edinburgh South West
Women’s rights groups have banded together to call on voters to question politicians over their views on the contentious topics of sex and gender identity, using the slogan, ‘Respect my Sex if you want my X’. Pictured (left to right): Caroline Ffiske of Women Uniting, Heather Binning (Women’s Rights Network) and Mayra Forstater (Sex Matters)
It comes after a number of senior Labour figures struggled to answer questions on the topic.
This includes party leader Sir Keir Starmer who refused to say if women could have a penis and women and equalities spokesman Anneliese Dodds who struggled to define what a woman is.
Mumsnet readers have praised the three women behind the ‘fantastic campaign’.
Bellinisurge wrote: ‘This issue needs as much sunlight and mainstream coverage as possible. I fear [for] trans people who deserve support and healthcare. Just not undermining women’s support and healthcare in order to get it.’
Slothtoes wrote: ‘Oh my god. This really is the tide turning… Call to action from voters. Brilliant, brilliant campaigning by Maya and colleagues. Thank you. Please let this not fall apart by becoming a left v right issue with voters.’