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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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10 Things Every Redhead Has (Probably) Heard in Their Lifetime

10 things every redhead has (probably) heard in their lifetime Growing up redheaded isn’t always easy; I’ve been there, done that and got the T-shirt. When Ditch the Label compiled their Annual Bullying Survey, they found that 23% of females with ginger hair had cited their hair colour as the bullying aggressor. ‘Carrot top’, ‘freckle face’, ‘fire-head’, are

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Jack Bridge: What it’s Like to Have Haemophilia

Hi my name is Jack, I’m 21 years old and I represented Team GB as a swimmer in the London 2012 Paralympic Games. I came 4th in the world for the 100 meters breaststroke. If you saw me, you would wonder why I was a Para athlete and not an able bodied one. I don’t

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Caroline Lucas on Female Representation in Parliament

I welcome Ditch the Label’s Gender Report 2016. The attitude of young people around gender, and gender stereotyping, matters to us all. According to the Gender Report only 4% of respondents in the survey believe that women are better at legal and political jobs than men, versus 42% believing that men are better. Gender stereotypes,

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An Open Letter to The People I Bullied

This is an open letter to everyone that I’ve hurt in the past to say that I’m sorry and to help you better understand why I bullied you I have chosen to stay anonymous because I’m scared of the potential repercussions of posting this under my real name. I guess we always had a lot

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An Open Letter to The Girls Who Bullied Me

I was 14. You were both a year older. Every time you saw me for a year you told me I was ugly. Those were the only words you ever said to me – “You’re so ugly”. You could not have known my dad told me I was fat almost as frequently. I doubt you’d

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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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Callie Thorpe: God forbid a woman having a stretch mark or not looking like they are professionally airbrushed.

When talking about size discrimination and bullying many people think that it’s not really a thing. People might think that sharing a meme of a fat person is just funny and tweeting and laughing along about how ‘huge’ Gemma Collins is every time she is on your TV screens is just banter. Well here’s the

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Kody Keplinger, Author of The DUFF Interview

As many of you will already know, we recently announced that we were the official UK charity partner for The DUFF movie which is currently playing at major cinemas across the UK. As part of the partnership, we were given an opportunity to interview Kody Keplinger; the author of the original ‘The DUFF’ book. We

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