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Rachel Riley claims JK Rowling’s trans views attacked due to her defence of Jews
Rachel Riley made her controversial comments after JK Rowling caused a social media storm by arguing that those who are biologically female and who have periods should be referred to as "women" and not "people who menstruate".The latter term was adopted by some to be more gender-inclusive to those who are trans, non-binary or gender non-conforming.Rachel, who was recently involved in an explosive libel case against one of Jeremy Corbyn's former aides in court, has claimed opinions on anti-semitism are at the heart of the trans debate."I think a lot of the attacks on JK Rowling are really because she spoke out for Jews and against Jeremy Corbyn and antisemitism," Rachel declared.Also discussing the Harry Potter author's philanthropic work, Riley defended: “She has made a real difference to the world.However, the Countdown star exclaimed: "[Just saying] this will get us both cancelled.”The trans debate has also focused on the use of the term "birthing people", which was introduced by a Brighton and Sussex Hospital Trust as an addition to "pregnant women" - something JK Rowling and fellow activists feel strongly about.Rachel had already experienced what she described as cancel culture when she sued a former aide of Labour politician Jeremy Corbyn for libel.Laura Murray had made a controversial tweet about her comments which Rachel claimed led to a campaign to have ousted from Countdown and cancelled.Rachel, who has been vocal in the past about troll attacks directed at her, says she received a barrage of "abuse" after commenting on eggs being thrown at Corbyn.The former leader of the Labour Party had been visiting a mosque in Finsbury Park, North London when he'd been pelted with eggs by a Brexit supporter back in
I know firsthand that same sex couples still can’t hold hands in public without threat of violence
What I Rent: Scarlett and Xandice, £1,050 a month for a two-bedroom flat in BrightonThe reality of being a tradeswoman and earning just 72% of what men doMum gives birth to two babies in one year - from separate uterusesThese are the things that officially give us the ickIf I think back to all those incidents that just didn’t feel serious enough to report, I’d have to include three men – on separate incidents – forcing their tongues into my mouth to show me what I’m missing, a stranger in Brighton shouting at us that we should all be shot, and the men in a pub who tried to chat us up and then demanded we snogged to ‘prove’ we were gay (we didn’t, of course).Then there were the lower level, run-of-the-mill situations, such as being refused hotel rooms and having to be really careful about where we holiday and whether it’s safe to book a double room.So, there we have it. This is why, in 2022, with so much equality and acceptance, it’s still not always ‘safe’ for same sex couples to be ‘out’ in public.Do we ever feel safe to throw an arm around each other or hold hands? Sometimes, sure – but it’s always something to think carefully about and never something to be taken for’s weekly The Truth Is… series seeks to explore anything and everything when it comes to life’s unspoken truths and long-held secrets.
Brighton is a seaside resort in the county of East Sussex. It is a constituent part of the city of Brighton and Hove, created from the formerly separate towns of Brighton and Hove. Brighton is located on the south coast of England, positioned 47 miles (76 km) south of London.