Identity

LGBT+ World Voices: What is it Like to be a Transwoman of Colour?

Life as a transwoman of colour can be a very challenging and solitary existence In the patriarchal and gender-biased world we live in, it is extremely challenging for someone assigned ‘male’ at birth, to assume their femininity. Society makes it very hard, almost impossible. A transwoman’s journey to womanhood is one ridden with one challenge

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Ryan James Caruthers: “Not What a ‘Boy’ Should be”

Ryan James Caruthers Challenges Archetypes of Masculinity in New Photo Series ‘Tryouts’ ‘Strong’ and ‘dominant’ are popular adjectives often associated with masculinity. However, our Gender Report found that a significant number of male respondents saw themselves as being somewhere ‘in the middle’ of masculinity and femininity and did not wholly identify with the stereotypes most commonly

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10 Things You Should Never Say to a Gay Guy

10 things you should never say to a gay guy 1. Who is the woman/man in the relationship? Ummm. No one? We are both men so…*feels awkward for you* 2. You’re like, my gay best friend. I will be your best friend sure, but not your gay best friend. In fact, now you’ve said that, I don’t

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LGBT+ World Voices: ‘I Don’t Blame Them…’

‘I don’t blame the people that bullied me’: Anjana’s story When I think back to my school days, I always try and remember the positives. Sadly, I can’t recall many. Bullying (definition): Repeated, persistent and aggressive behaviour intended to cause fear, distress, or harm to another person’s body, emotions, self-esteem or reputation. It began in primary

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How One Woman is Using Manicures to Fight Transphobia

Changing the world, one nail at a time Charlie Craggs, trans-woman and activist, travels around the UK with her pop-up nail salon and invites strangers to come and get their nails done for free. Why? Well, this gives her ‘a chance to sit down with someone who might not have met a trans-person before, yet probably

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LGBT+ World Voices: What is it Like to be Gay in Malaysia Today?

What is it like to be gay in Malaysia today? As part of our series, LGBT+ World Voices, Ditch the Label have been speaking to people in the LGBT+ community who are living, or have lived in countries with repressive legislation/strong conservative attitudes. This month sees Pride celebrations happening around the world and with this in

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LGBT+ World Voices: What is it Like to be Gay in Kenya Today?

What is it Like to be Gay in Kenya Today? Living in a progressive culture is something that a lot of people take for granted. Whilst there is still a long way to go in the fight for equality in the West, we are still much further ahead than some of our brothers and sisters

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Women Aren’t Born Gentle and Men Aren’t Born Strong

Women aren’t born gentle and men aren’t born strong Gender has become a topic of ongoing discussion internationally and whilst progress has been made it’s clear that our vision for true gender equality has not yet been realised. Our 2015 ‘Annual Bullying Survey’ drew attention to a worrying statistic which highlighted how nearly a quarter

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Should We Ban the Burqa?

Yesterday it was announced that it is now illegal to wear a Burqa in Switzerland with fines of up to £6,500 for those in violation. Unfortunately this isn’t a new concept within the realms of legislation as the French government made it illegal back in 2010. For those who aren’t familiar with Burqas, it is a long

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Life With Vitiligo: My White Skin Cells Started to Attack Each Other

  Life was never going to be easy for someone like me. Born with Vitiligo, a skin condition where white skin cells stop forming or begin attacking each other, causing white patches on the skin, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out I had little chance of escaping taunts, stares and inquisitive questions. Being

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