Alex Dean

Blog Entries by Alex Dean

War Child - Have We Stopped Listening

(0) Comments | Posted 14 February 2013 | (16:20)

Child Soldiers In Africa -a forgotten generation.

Some stories are not always easy to hear but there is a necessity for them to be told. So in recognition of these children who are often abducted, hoodwinked or intimidated in to fighting, please listen.

We know of the atrocities which occur...

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Label Me!

(1) Comments | Posted 14 January 2013 | (22:46)

Are you gay or are you straight? Are you bisexual or are you a lesbian? Are you femme or are you butch? Are you fat or are you thin?

Why is it that we are so preoccupied with labels or ticking the right boxes, that we forget about the individual...

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Love Has No Colour

(0) Comments | Posted 15 November 2012 | (22:56)

Just how comfortable are you with dating someone outside of your own race?

Do your desires have confines or cultural boundaries?

Attitudes have changed dramatically since the 1960′s when traditional family ideals (white, heterosexual, 2.5 children) played a large part in most people's lives. Fifty years ago homosexuality and interracial...

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Ultimate Sacrifice

(0) Comments | Posted 15 November 2012 | (22:47)

When Abbie met her partner Caris, she knew she had found her soul mate - but ultimately it would leave her childless.

Abbie shared her poignant story with me:

Growing up on the south coast in Bournemouth as one of three children, Abbie had a happy childhood and always assumed...

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Horse - An Extraordinary Life in Music

(1) Comments | Posted 9 September 2012 | (17:54)

If the opening song of a set says something about the artist then Horse McDonald could not have said it better than with 'You Are'. From the start of this final performance from her 'Wee I AM' tour, we knew that we were in for a musical treat.

But what...

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Bullying: Every Parents' Worst Nightmare

(2) Comments | Posted 31 August 2012 | (13:00)

Sitting in the sun celebrating my dad's 70th birthday, surrounded by my lovely family, dad had something that he wanted to say.

Choking back the tears, he raised his glass. What I didn't expect were the next words that he uttered, but they ripped through to the very heart of...

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Kids Who Kill: Homophobic Hate Crime

(2) Comments | Posted 27 August 2012 | (13:09)

Once deemed the unthinkable, children and teens are executing horrific attacks ultimately leading to murder. These baby-faced defendants are presumed innocent and highly unlikely perpetrators until proven guilty.

But why do kids kill?

What could possibly push children over the edge to a place where their actions are totally unrecognisable, even by...

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Racer Chasers - The Onshore Fun

(0) Comments | Posted 16 August 2012 | (17:41)

The scene is set for one of the best Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week's ever, with almost 1000 yachts due to take part in the week long regatta. It is the World's premier sailing event with a rich heritage attracting 8,000 competitors from amateurs to Olympic and World champions -...

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Dying In Silence: Corrective Rape

(1) Comments | Posted 7 August 2012 | (14:35)

Many lesbians in South Africa are living in fear as rape and murder become a daily threat to them.

A silent epidemic known as 'corrective rape' is sweeping the country, where the victims are being brushed aside as society frowns upon them and their lifestyle. Men rape lesbians in what...

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Without a Voice

(4) Comments | Posted 21 July 2012 | (01:00)

The preoccupation of youth in our culture has left a whole generation either forgotten or invisible.

In the last 80 years or so, sex was never talked about openly, much less homosexuality.

Women grew up in an era where marriage was the only socially and practically viable option, despite knowing...

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Torn Between Duty and Desire - Being a Gay Lover and a Father

(16) Comments | Posted 19 July 2012 | (01:00)

Torn Between Duty and Desire....being a gay lover and a father

All parents face challenges when raising their children, but some gay parents have an additional complication to contend with.

Imagine being a great, loving father who cherishes his children and loves his wife as a best friend. Your...

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Sticks and Stones...

(2) Comments | Posted 30 June 2012 | (15:15)

Until now I have been ashamed of and never fully embraced my illness. There has always been a stigma attached to mental health issues and I would only ever share my fears with friends and family.

My anxiety and depression are a direct result of horrific bullying. Something so traumatic...

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Words Do Wound: The Cyber Bully

(6) Comments | Posted 25 June 2012 | (01:00)

Our whole world has shrunk since the internet became so easily accessible. Unfortunately, there is a dark and dangerous element to the wondrous world of instant communication.

It's now hard to imagine a time without the internet, when sites like Facebook and Twitter didn't alert us to our friends' relationship...

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Lesbians With Disability: A Minority Within a Minority

(14) Comments | Posted 21 June 2012 | (01:00)

If you think that you have a tough time meeting women, just imagine what your life would be like if you had the added challenge of a disability. Some of us already have that extra obstacle to overcome.

Contemplate this for a moment, how many lesbians with a disability do...

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