Letter To The Other

June Sarpong | Posted 17.10.2017 | UK
June Sarpong

diversify The day we met, I had the opportunity to reach out and make a connection but I initially faltered. I found myself intimidated and began to make the usual stereotypical assumptions based on your appearance before we had even spoken. As a black woman growing up in a male-dominated and predominantly white society I know what it feels like to be judged on appearance and excluded because of people's beliefs. And yet I found myself momentarily falling victim to the same fear and ignorance for which I have berated others and suffered emotional wounds.

How I Was Left Reeling By Sickening Racism

Linda Riley | Posted 11.10.2017 | UK
Linda Riley

Spending time with Phyll Opoku-Gyimah left me shocked and appalled but more committed than ever to diversity. I am a fair-skinned woman with a London...

Stop Telling Women To Be Assertive, Start Legislating Quotas

Dr. Alice Evans | Posted 08.10.2017 | UK
Dr. Alice Evans

To amplify progress towards gender equality, we need to shift norm perceptions (about what others think and do). For women to believe that they will be supported in work, they need to see this in action.

Driving Ms, But Only Maybe - Saudi Women Behind The Wheel Is No Cause To Feel Smug

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 06.10.2017 | UK
Fiona Hotston Moore

Boys are still the ones being drawn to toy soldiers, diggers and lifting equipment however scrupulously they are marketed. Girls still end up with dolls and home paraphernalia. Or put another way, boys work with equipment and girls with emotion, Perhaps that is why women are good team builders: They have more emotional intelligence and empathy to draw upon. Just a theory.

Racism And Language

Roanna Carleton-Taylor | Posted 18.09.2017 | UK
Roanna Carleton-Taylor

Language will continue to evolve and, within the next 50 years, we may see the 'N' word enter the common vernacular or we may see it disappear from use altogether. I stand by my view that language is more complicated than "words are just words."

Ignorance Is Not Bliss

Michelle Chantelle Hopewell | Posted 08.09.2017 | UK
Michelle Chantelle Hopewell

The police officer asked me what I would say my heritage is and I paused for a moment. Black British I say, but I know they were asking to hear about the dullest extent of my blood line. The nitty gritty dating back hundreds of years, but the truth is this is me now and regardless our blackness connects us all because there is no one way to be black; but yes the truth is that they also want to know if you actually belong.

How Lammy Can Help Us Rethink Our Prison System

Baroness Young | Posted 07.09.2017 | UK Politics
Baroness Young

Transforming our expensive and flawed prison system is one of the biggest challenges we face in Britain today and the government-backed Lammy Review - to be finally published on Friday this week - could be just the catalyst for change we need.

Why We Need LGBT Football Teams - And Why We Don't

Steve Wardlaw | Posted 07.09.2017 | UK Sport
Steve Wardlaw

They don't deny that there are still incidents of homophobia all too frequently, and that more could be done at the top levels to set examples and to punish. For example, the 'kick it out' campaign seems less energised than when it was just about racism. However, every Sunday (and every Tuesday evenings for training) the Falcons players are showing that their love of the game, and their love of playing, does not diminish because they are gay, bi, or straight allies.

Bad Opinions Need To Be Heard To Be Challenged

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 18.08.2017 | UK
Fiona Hotston Moore

Unless we acknowledge unconscious bias in the boardroom we cannot address it. One way to acknowledge it is to be stimulated into action by provocative arguments, which it must also be recognised, can take some courage to advance, however aggravating to many. Apart from anything, its forces an issue up the decision making agenda: Shock therapy, if you like.

When Women Ask for Equality, Are They Also Asking for Abuse?

Kate Milner | Posted 14.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Milner

Every so often, those kind of weeks come about when you realise just how far we still have to go before we achieve anything resembling gender equality. It's been one of those. A friend wrote a Facebook post on the page of a company that makes shoes and the resulting torrent has been one of foul misogynist abuse.

Why Google Were Right To Sack Their Sexist Employee

Roanna Carleton-Taylor | Posted 13.08.2017 | UK Tech
Roanna Carleton-Taylor

Yes, Google sacked their sexist employee because he was offensively patronising and gained the company much unneeded negative publicity. But they also sacked him because, as any global corporation knows, the best way to grow and succeed is to recruit high calibre candidates.

Anonymous Haters And Trolls On Social Media

Roanna Carleton-Taylor | Posted 07.08.2017 | UK
Roanna Carleton-Taylor

Most social media platforms also have the function where problem accounts can be muted or blocked. Take full advantage of these tools. You have every right to engage online without being subject to abuse.

Bringing Epilepsy To The Forefront

Torie Robinson | Posted 01.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Torie Robinson

everybody banner I was delighted to see the video go live. At the time of writing, we've had over 248,000 views of the video - which is brilliant. It was such fun filming and it was great to be able to help educate viewers. Hopefully this media coverage will continue help to reduce the irrational fear of epilepsy and consequently, the discrimination and awkwardness that some people with the condition still face.

Wheelchair Access Problems? It's Only Got One Step

Lynley Gregory | Posted 31.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lynley Gregory

It's a phrase I hear so often...

Time For Us All To Open Up About What We Earn?

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 25.07.2017 | UK
Fiona Hotston Moore

The time may have also come to consider moving to the Norwegian model where all tax returns are published, freely available for all to inspect. That way we might wash out not just salary disparity issues, but aggressive tax avoidance measures and other financial iniquities of our age that are helping to fuel a sense of society becoming unequally governed.

Disability Pride Brighton

Jenny Skelton | Posted 23.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jenny Skelton

everybody banner I turned around to see Charlie crouched on the floor of the empty pub. I laughed and asked her what she was doing down there. She grinned as she got up and said that there was a loud noise. Charlie, one of my adopted children, was 19 and had been momentarily alarmed by a loud burst of music from the pub next to the one in which we were being served.

Man Slams Bosses For 'Discriminating' Against Him For Wearing Makeup At Work

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 12.07.2017 | UK Style

A male shop-worker has claimed he has faced discrimination at work for wearing makeup. Scott Ayton-Laplanche stated that a manger asked him to remove ...

What's There To Be Proud About?

Krishen Samuel | Posted 04.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Krishen Samuel

Are we proud of the obvious flouting of transgender rights across the globe? In 2017, the radiance of our substantial progress is eclipsed by the darkness of repressive systems that aim to change us, to make us 'normal'. This does not leave me feeling particularly proud.

Why Theresa May Is Wrong To Suggest That Islamophobia Is A Form Of Extremism

Dr Chris Allen | Posted 20.06.2017 | UK
Dr Chris Allen

If Islamophobic hate crime is to be framed by counter-terror and counter-extremism narratives, why is this necessary? What makes Islamophobia exceptional and distinct from other discriminatory phenomena? How does Islamophobic hate crime differ from hate crimes motivated by race, disability or sexual orientation?

Invisible Disability: Blessing Or Curse?

Karen Jackson | Posted 09.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Jackson

Whilst this might seem a strange title for a blog on disability, I count myself incredibly lucky to have had a hidden disability all of my adult life. If I had to choose between invisible and visible, I would choose invisible every time. Why, you ask? It stops the questions. It stops the pity. It stops people thinking you are 'less' of a person because you are in some way deficient.

How Employers Can Prevent 'Gingerism' And Other Forms Of Discrimination In The Workplace

Kate Palmer | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK
Kate Palmer

A Premier League manager has recently joked that the reason why his name is not linked with the bigger clubs is that he's ginger, calling it "gingerist". Some employers reading this joke may find themselves considering whether ginger haired people are protected from discrimination and we consider this below.

I Cried When I Read The Disfigurement In The UK

Monica Duddy | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK
Monica Duddy

As you can see, this day is really important to challenge society on how people react to and treat those who have a visible difference. What I love about this day is that it is inclusive of so many differences, it is not completely assigned to a particular condition or personal situation. The next time you see someone in the street with a something different about them, just give them a smile.

The Issue Of Weight Hate

Roanna Carleton-Taylor | Posted 22.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Roanna Carleton-Taylor

To add a note to my dedicated personal haters - every time you attack my weight rather than my views you lose the debate. You prove you are unable to refute the arguments I put forward against hate and that all you are capable of is resorting to silly insults that, even you must have noticed by now, achieve little other than to make me laugh at you.

Fly Me To The Moon... Not JFK

Dan White | Posted 17.05.2017 | UK Parents
Dan White

Moaner. That's the image I am getting lumbered with. A middle-aged man constantly prattling on about lack of disability care and the image this brilliant community often gets lumbered with by politicians and papers. One day I'll lighten up, honest, it's just that until that day I will huff and stomp around like someone constantly looking for the exit in a comedy club run by Jeremy Vine.

LGBT And Elderly? Welcome To The Forgotten Community

Steve Wardlaw | Posted 03.05.2017 | UK
Steve Wardlaw

The financial services sector is remarkably unattractive to many in the LGBT community. One result of this is people who are LGBT don't make suitable ...