#Identity

Waiting for the 'Click': The Battle to Be Heard as Who We Are

Matthew Mills | Posted 16.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Matthew Mills

The battle to have the voice we think we should have is something many trans and non-binary clients I work with are grappling with on a daily basis. Some find a comfortable place quickly and absorb voice exercises and skills easily; others are clear they are happy with their voices as they are; some take a bit of time to leave old habits behind and find new ones which feel true and sound authentic.

What Does 21st Century Masculinity Look Like?

Jemimah Steinfeld | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jemimah Steinfeld

Perry's show will explore and challenge the notion of man as protector and breadwinner. Bear Grylls this is not. In fact, Perry recently called Grylls' style of masculinity "useless", a "hangover" from a more violent age.

Why Ethnic Monitoring Forms Suck for Mixed-Race People

Deborah Chatterjee | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Deborah Chatterjee

Even though I was born in England and identified with its culture more than anything, my skin colour and surname held me back from saying I was English. With no other useful vocabulary I stuck with a cumbersome explanation: "My mum's Italian and my Dad's Indian."

The Great Grief Identity Crisis

Naomi Barrow | Posted 07.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

I don't want to live my life as "Fiona's daughter". There are a few people I know at the moment who think of me this way, and it feels like such a burden. It also doesn't do justice either to me or to Mum. Mum wasn't just a mother: she was so much more than that. And I may be her daughter, but I am so much more than that, too.

Trans* Equality: The Enemy Within

Christie Elan-Cane | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK Politics
Christie Elan-Cane

There are dinosaurs stalking the corridors. They are faceless, unaccountable, they have far too much power and they are harming trans* people.

You've Changed...

Lisa Regan | Posted 17.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Regan

I have many female friends who have changed their physical identities from when we were teenagers to now, and some just in the last three years. This is completely normal for so many, as women we are blessed with those typical fluctuating weight issues and ever changing body types!

Rejecting the Social Constructs of Masculinity and Femininity

Jojo Furnival | Posted 04.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jojo Furnival

A couple of weeks ago, I listened to some guy on Radio 2 expressing his point of view on masculinity and the topic of men crying. Real men don't cry, he said. "There are plenty of things that bring a lump to my throat, but that doesn't mean I'm going to start blubbing like a little girl." Wow.

2016's Word Of The Year

Natasha Barrett | Posted 09.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Natasha Barrett

Time Magazine recently published an article describing the singular 'they' pronoun as 2016's word of the year. If this is an accurate title, it's surprising to me how many people are still unaware of its existence...

Motherhood: The Original Identity Thief?

Shakira Akabusi | Posted 04.02.2016 | UK Parents
Shakira Akabusi

Ultimately, motherhood is different for everyone, however being a good mother doesn't need to mean isolating yourself to parenting. There is nothing wrong with wanting to build a career, be the bread winner or build muscle at the gym whilst simultaneously being a good mum to boot.

Being on the Cerebral Palsy Spectrum

Simon Stevens | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

I have learnt to detest impairment labels. While I understand the importance of labels at the point of diagnosis, I have seen how impairments labels have recently been used by left wing activists to demand entitlement beyond need or understanding.

Is the UK Government About to U-Turn on 'X' Passports?

Christie Elan-Cane | Posted 29.01.2016 | UK
Christie Elan-Cane

I was often critical of the former Equalities Minister over what happened on her watch. That Maria Miller has emerged as an 'X' passports champion is surreal given the history. Did she really not know about the sham policy review?

Do You Want to Be Someone, Going Somewhere or No One, Going Nowhere?

Kamontip Evans | Posted 18.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kamontip Evans

It is your choice: to be someone, going somewhere - with all the fun, stress and strain that comes with your given name and acquired reputation; or being no one, going nowhere, not much fun but standing tall - at peace, with an understanding of where happiness truly lies.

Should Alleged Rapists Have Their Anonymity Protected?

The Huffington Post UK | Anna Devereux | Posted 15.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education

On Tuesday, the former head of Durham University's debating society was cleared of rape and sexual assault, after the 21-year-old was accused in 2014 ...

What David Bowie Taught Me

Lydia Suffield | Posted 13.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Lydia Suffield

David Bowie will be remembered for many things by many people. But for me, I'll always remember him as the person who taught me that there didn't have to be one face I chose.

Can Europe Ever Make Peace With Itself?

Jethro Shirley-Smith | Posted 05.01.2016 | UK Politics
Jethro Shirley-Smith

A thousand years ago, Europeans clubbed together in search of a common mission to defeat an enemy. And in doing so, through their Crusades, through wa...

No Specific Detriment?

Christie Elan-Cane | Posted 01.01.2016 | UK
Christie Elan-Cane

In the course of my campaign work I've received numerous responses expressing similar sentiment from minsters and senior civil servants from different government departments. It is a dismissive response and conveys a message that we are unimportant as individuals, that our situation is hopeless and that our welfare does not really matter.

Non-Gendered - Fighting for Legal Recognition

Christie Elan-Cane | Posted 24.12.2015 | UK
Christie Elan-Cane

I have worked for more than 20 years to achieve legal and social recognition that others can take for granted. I campaign upon a principle of legitimate identity as a fundamental human right...

Can We Choose Our Lives or Are We Dyed in The Wool?

Dr. Bill Cloke | Posted 02.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Bill Cloke

Are we born a certain way or are we a compilation of our experiences that lock us into who we are? Can we choose who we want to be and then become it or are we determined by our genes and our family dynamics?

"But Where Are You Really From?"

Simon Ragoonanan | Posted 20.11.2015 | UK Parents
Simon Ragoonanan

I haven't really spoken to my nearly 4-year-old daughter about race that much yet. She has previously stated that she is "white like mummy". I responded with "No. you're light like mummy, but brown like daddy", which she accepts.

The Measure of a Man

Henri Ward | Posted 13.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Henri Ward

Modern entertainment inundates us with choice of male identities. Most interestingly in comedy, we often root for the lovable loser, who inexplicably beats all the odds to win the affections of a woman through some shared experience or misadventure.

Coming Together to Remember the Brave

Qari Asim | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK
Qari Asim

As we were united in remembrance, they were united in their sacrifice - men and women of all faiths and of none. Hundreds of thousands of Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs and people of other minority faiths have served in the British Armed Forces across two World Wars, facing down the hatred of Nazism and helping keep Britain safe in its direst hours of need.

It's Time to Get Real

Marie Maurer | Posted 06.11.2015 | UK Tech
Marie Maurer

Thrust into the high seas of celebrity with barely a paddle, they have no choice but to define themselves by their audience. Their identity is cultivated, curated and reflected back into a black mirror: 'Who is the fairest of them all?'

How My Other Half Lives

Sarah Kwong | Posted 07.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Kwong

We had been in Hong Kong for five days, marvelling at their mild December. Through osmosis, I'd learnt even more about the culture than I already knew. But there were still parts of my history that I hadn't really considered until I was here, having dinner with long lost everyones and watching everyday life play out for the people who shared my DNA.

Are You Who They Say You Are?

Dr Paul Wood | Posted 27.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Paul Wood

Studies show that the words we use to describe what we see, determines what we see. I encourage you to be mindful about the labels you give yourself and the labels you give others. They may be words, but these words transform into images in the mind, which can become self-fulfilling prophecies.

It's All in a Name, or Is It? The Power and Potential of Words

Alison Powell | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Alison Powell

Names do make us think, form perceptions and yes, I am ashamed to admit but know it is universal, judge. Randy may be a perfectly common-place name among Americans, but unless it's just the people I know and I don't think it is, I have yet to meet anyone who wouldn't have to hide a smirk if they were introduced to a Randy from Swansea or Sheffield.