#Diversity

There Is A Future For Religion In A Tolerant, Open Society

Esther Hayden | Posted 29.01.2015 | UK
Esther Hayden

Tolerance or diversity is not something that can be learnt through school textbooks, social media posts or the media, it should be something that people are actively seeking knowledge about if they want a just society.

5 Reasons I'm Loving The All-Female Ghostbusters Cast

Natasha Hinde | Posted 29.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Natasha Hinde

Director, Paul Feig, revealed the all-female cast for the new Ghostbusters film. And I practically whooped when I saw the tweet that confirmed his decision. If you missed it; Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon are to don proton packs and scout for ectoplasm in what will undoubtedly be a hilarious re-make of the original.

'Leaning In' or the New Feminist Tsunami

Dr Sam Collins | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Sam Collins

The Global Gender Gap Report ranks Britain 26th, its lowest overall score for equality since 2008; with the U.S. not much further ahead at 20th... Where is the gender leadership from these so-called leaders of the free world?

Three Ways to Come Out at Work

E J Rosetta | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
E J Rosetta

We all know that coming out to new people can be either stressful, boring or both. I mean seriously, we should all get stickers on our foreheads or something. "Hi, I'm Gay, Feel Free To Ask Questions", so this can be a lot easier all round. The stickers would be glittery, obviously.

Putting More Diversity in Comics and Illustration: Why I'm Taking the #NonIdentikit Challenge

Sarah McIntyre | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Sarah McIntyre

One of the problems with drawing diverse characters in cartoons and comics is that making main characters generic is one way to get readers to identify with them. We read characters into even the simplest shapes.

Coming Out as LGBT at Work? Where You Live Matters

Ian Johnson | Posted 15.01.2015 | UK
Ian Johnson

A research study being released by Out Now at the end of the month shows which are the best places, out of more than twenty countries tested, to be openly LGBT at work - and the USA doesn't make the Top 5... Deciding whether to come out at work is not usually easy - and where you live can make a big difference.

Don't Be a Charlie - Be a Lover

Neil Gibb | Posted 15.01.2015 | UK
Neil Gibb

If we are to break the cycle of violence we have to take our steer from Gordon Wilson, stop being Charlies, and grow up. It is not OK to provoke others and ridicule their beliefs. It is an act of aggression.

Isolated, Anxious and Less Confident - The Damage That Can Be Done by Hiding Who You Are

Suki Sandhu | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Suki Sandhu

As we kick off 2015, it seems that for many, the perception is still that it's safer to stay in the closet if they want to get on at work. In fact 62% of students who were out at Uni go back into the closet when they start work.

Birmingham's Diversity Doesn't Separate Us, It Brings Us Together

Shabana Mahmood | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK Politics
Shabana Mahmood

Steve Emerson's expert opinion that "In Britain, it's not just no-go zones, there are actual cities like Birmingham that are totally Muslim where non-Muslims just simply don't go in" has created the best Twitter banter I've seen in ages. And when I've stopped laughing I will be a little bit offended. I promise...

Diversity Is a Privilege Not a Right

Brendon Burns | Posted 08.01.2015 | UK Comedy
Brendon Burns

Multiculturalism and diversity are a privilege. Neither a right, nor a detriment: a goddamned, fight tooth and nail, thank your lucky stars every day for, privilege. Russell Brand was right about one thing: a shift in thinking is required.

How Do We Make Britain's Boardrooms More Diverse?

Sandra Kerr | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK
Sandra Kerr

Put simply, the boardrooms of Britain's biggest businesses don't reflect the society they're operating in. And, as the BAME population - and their spending power - increases and organisations are increasingly asked about the make-up of their workforces by clients and contractors, this lack of diversity could potentially have huge impacts on their profits.

Want to Increase Diversity in the Arts? Get Local

Natalie Wade | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Natalie Wade

We can argue the reasons for this situation until the proverbial cows come home. But what is indisputable is the transformative impact that art and culture has on these young people's lives.

What's All This 'Women in the Workplace' Stuff About Anyway?

Helena Eccles | Posted 11.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Helena Eccles

I was speaking at the 30% Club from "Schoolroom to Boardroom" seminar: an afternoon where new initiatives which target young women, at school, university and early careers, were being launched. Needless to say, I was a small fish in a very big pond. Or, to continue the rowing analogy, a novice in a Blues boat.

The UK's Most Diverse Organisations - And What You Can Learn From Them

Sandra Kerr | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK
Sandra Kerr

We know what works. We now need more organisations from every sector to use this knowledge and take action to close gender and BAME employment gaps that have no place in our 21st century workforce. The Benchmark reiterates just what employers need to do to ensure they are fit for a diverse future.

Band Aid 30: Lost Cause?!

Edward Adoo | Posted 17.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Edward Adoo

Okay so I am fully aware Sir Bob Geldof is doing a good cause helping to raise funds for Ebola with Band Aid 30 - 'Do They Know It's Christmas'. He has roped in some of the biggest names in pop music.

TV Must Do More To Reflect Our Diverse Society

Fraser Ayres | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Fraser Ayres

The diversity issue is everywhere of late and I don't think it's unfair to say that there is a 'Diversity Zeitgeist' in the UK. Most people in the TV and film industry are acknowledging that the time has come for our screens to reflect our current society a little more closely.

A Different Middle East

Miriam Brown | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Miriam Brown

Out of the 300 million odd people living in the region, I understand my small sample of friends cannot be taken as a final representation of the Middle East. Nor do I want to gloss over the fact that thousands have been killed and millions have been made homeless. This we cannot forget and maybe, quite rightly, the media aren't letting us.

On Remembrance Day Who Are The Real Patriots?

John Wight | Posted 05.01.2015 | UK Politics
John Wight

With Remembrance Day almost upon us we have entered another period of debate and discussion over the symbolism of the poppy. It's a debate which offers irrefutable proof of the increasing politicisation of this annual event, one which rather than unite the country around a shared narrative and set of values instead reminds us of a history of conflict that is contested over the question of whether it should be considered a source of pride or shame...

Andrew Lawrence's Dangerous Ideas About Comedy Need to Be Challenged

Dana Alexander | Posted 29.12.2014 | UK Comedy
Dana Alexander

The last time a nation embraced these kind of ideas, six million Jews ended up dead. The left wing "witch hunt" as Andrew calls it is not about infringing upon the rights of some whining, entitled, right wing, heterosexual, middle class white guy who has enjoyed many a success at the BBC. This is about challenging dangerous ideas.

Ten Worst LGBT Insults at Work

Ian Johnson | Posted 20.12.2014 | UK
Ian Johnson

Work is something that is a fact of life for most of us. Just like being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender is too. But when those two intersect it is not always simple - nor easy...

Gay, Straight, Christian, Jew - Why Simple Labels No Longer Work

Neil Gibb | Posted 18.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Neil Gibb

Pope Francis is a man on a mission. Everything from the choice of his name (referencing St Francis of Assisi) to his shunning of material comforts suggest he is out to take the church back to its core values of tolerance, inclusion and compassion.

Our OUTstanding Business Leaders Prove the Power of Authenticity

Suki Sandhu | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK
Suki Sandhu

Welcoming the first ever 'out' CEO of a FTSE 100 company isn't the only major change since last year; our 'Top 100' is twice as long and includes three times as many transgender business leaders.

How Positive Action at LSE Got Lost Under a Pile of Leaflets

Natasha Valladares | Posted 14.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Natasha Valladares

It's not wrong that the disgusting behaviour of the Rugby Club is under scrutiny, but it is wrong that positive action by the university on outreach and funding for students in need of support is apparently not worth mention - especially when it's the sort of information some students need in order to feel able to go into further study.

Ethnic Minority Football Managers: How Can We Create More Diverse Dugouts?

Sandra Kerr | Posted 14.12.2014 | UK Sport
Sandra Kerr

I'd like to welcome the proposed review. By acknowledging the problem and starting the conversation about how to address it, the Football League has taken a huge step forward. However, I am concerned that the Rooney Rule is being seen as a 'magic bullet' that will guarantee an immediate influx of BAME managerial talent....

Downton Abbey and the Rise of Ukip: Soft Nationalism and the Politics of Nostalgia

Malory Nye | Posted 07.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Malory Nye

I must confess that I am a fan of Downton Abbey. But I am worried about the programme, seriously worried. We should not underestimate what a successful TV show can do. Downton Abbey is, in fact, a form of soft nationalist porn that can probably be blamed for the rise of Ukip.