Don't get me wrong, a toy is a great tool for teaching kids. But I bet you my baby boy's first tooth that the new PC toys that are hitting the market right now will, like all the toys before them, change nothing unless we change the stories we, the adults, tell about diversity.
Am I really to believe that I now live in a society that is increasingly growing into a 'screw you, I'm alright Jack' community - I do hope not? But...
Ireland has had a rough few years, almost a decade. The future pillars of success are being built with some beginning to reap dividends economically. Achieving marriage equality will, without doubt, deliver a more successful, loving, happier, diverse and equal Ireland.
This week, the United Kingdom was declared the most LGBT-friendly place in Europe and yet there is one group of people in this country who have little to celebrate: LGBT asylum seekers. Five years ago, the Conservative Party promised that it would protect LGBT asylum seekers fleeing persecution. So far they have failed.
If we really care about ending violence against women, we have to listen to all women. I only hope the Women's Equality Party bears that in mind. Realising the limitations and inaccuracies of the phrase 'both sexes' would be a good starting point.
Your party would have us, the voters, believe that your people, plans and policies have clear and distinctive values at their heart. We are currently unconvinced, and sceptical with good cause. Here's why.
Recently, a video featuring actor Chad L Coleman from The Walking Dead and The Wire captured his angry response to two passengers on a NYC subway who,...
The Equality Act was a fantastic achievement. However, there is more work to be done.
There is no rule book on growing up to make it easier. Everyone matures at different speeds and messages need to be delivered appropriately. But what we can do right now is help young girls make sense of what's happening around them and empower them to deal with it.
With gay victimisation 'solved', little thought and energy goes into the ways sexual and gender minorities continue to be victimised, or the ways those harms disproportionately fall on the most marginal groups.
One of the things I expect from the people who run the country I live in is to enforce the laws of the country. Yet time and time again disabled people are faced with businesses that just do not make themselves accessible to disabled customers, and the excuse is nearly always expense.
It would be irresponsible not to acknowledge that men get paid more because they are better and more aggressive at negotiating, but rather than abolishing negotiations, should we not just teach women to be better negotiators?
Since the sacked probation officers may not see things in these terms, it is worth examining the connection between productivity and these supposed benefits. Society certainly gets richer when it can produce more, but which members of society get their hands on those riches depends upon how it is distributed.
This massively unequal allocation of wealth is a dire problem for liberal societies because it directly impedes social mobility. By perpetuating a system whereby those at the top continue to accumulate assets with little to no redistribution, you are contributing to a world whereby the poor get poorer.
The last five years have included some real successes for the LGBT community and some progress for trans communities. The most memorable for many is finally being able to legally marry their husband or wife. However, while I welcome this with open arms, the achievements of this government also present a big risk for the LGBT community. That risk is complacency.
With one in five people of working age in Scotland having a disability, equality campaigner and SNP member Jamie Szymkowiak set up the One in Five Campaign with Labour Party activist Pam Duncan-Glancy.