Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova's campaigning in Russia has always involved a recognition of the need to properly respect women's and LGBTI people's rights and with the Sochi Winter Olympics and its extremely gay-unfriendly backdrop just days away, I hope that Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova can be enticed to knock out a few disco tunes.
The Us Society is now a fully-fledged social enterprise on a mission to help change the way smaller business interact with their customers to help them gain back the upper hand from massive corporates.
We create art with a variety of participants such as homeless or vulnerably housed people, to disabled people. Through workshops, events and performances we provide a platform which offers a voice for the voiceless.
As we prepare for and look forward to this milestone, an exhibition charting our history opens in London this week. This exhibition not only takes us back to our roots, it's also a timely tribute to all we've achieved and the campaigners, writers and artists who've helped us along the way. It's quite the walk down memory lane, and fills us with inspiration and hope for the future as we prepare for the inevitable challenges and threats to our rights and freedoms ahead.
The term 'disability' is something I have grown up with all my life but I was 17 before I understood what it meant at that time, in terms of being a part of an oppressed minority. But the term has changed over the last 20 years and I fear it has now become meaningless, a political term that is over-used and under-valued.
This Friday, the Winter Olympics open in the Russian resort of Sochi amid great controversy over the Putin regime's homophobic policies, which clearly violate the anti-discrimination Principle 6 of the Olympic Charter. For me, queer freedom knows no borders. Over the last decade or so, amazing positive gains have been won by the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities in Britain. But I am an internationalist, not a nationalist. We must not give up the fight until every LGBT person on this planet has equal human rights, respect, dignity and opportunity.
Let us at least recognize the magnitude of the problem and pay tribute to those braving cancers and others serious conditions on World Cancer Day while we continue with our struggle to fight health systems challenges and raise awareness about prevention.
It came as a huge shock to find out 18 months ago, when I could no longer catch my breath while running on a treadmill, that I had a hole in my heart - about an inch across in fact - that apparently, I've had since birth. I was very lucky in that my dad is a GP and when I told him, he dismissed my doctor's diagnosis of 'oh, it's just a virus' and frogmarched me to A&E.
Three years ago, at the age of 29, after taking up the invitation for my regular cervical screening, I received my first abnormal result. The re-test showed mild changes to the cells of my cervix and so I was referred to the hospital's colposcopy clinic for a biopsy. First thing I did? Worry myself stupid!
My book's journey started about five years ago, a decade after the Paddington Train Crash which changed my life. At first, I sat at my office desk and dutifully typed up the events that had occurred since the crash, rather as I type up a proposal for a project I am about to manage, until I had a finished product.
Sometimes we need a bit of perspective and inspiration to shake off the winter blues, and there's certainly enough goodwill around to achieve it. I suspect that this goodwill extends far beyond the Christmas season every year, but that without high shopping sales and sentimental TV adverts to remind us of a wonderful human trait, many small acts of kindness go unnoticed.
Before my month away from the tipple, I was very self-aware about how young and immature I was. Now I feel as though I am actually an adult. Someone who can have one drink and mean one, who can have a diet Coke instead of a shot of vodka at a busy venue, who doesn't feel obliged to stay out if in fact they want to go home.
Violence against girls and women is a global pandemic. One in three women is beaten or sexually abused in her lifetime, a statistic that shames us all. It is the most widespread form of systemic abuse and there is no evidence that levels are decreasing. It is an issue that the Huffington Post has been committed to highlighting and has been the subject of many recent Parliamentary debates. MP Bill Cash is currently taking an excellent Bill through the parliamentary process that if it becomes law will legally require DFID to makes sure that gender equality is considered before providing aid.
If you spotted Camilla Carr and Alla Little in a café drinking lattés, chatting, giggling and sharing photos on their smartphones, you might think they were friends out shopping and catching up on old times. You wouldn't think they were discussing their imminent talk to corporate bigwigs about How To Cope - when kidnapped, threatened with execution, mentally tortured, raped and treated like an animal.
You may think it's a contradiction that being too healthy can be unhealthy? In the reality, those suffering have a distorted idea or perception on healthy eating. The strict diets can be dangerously restrictive and linked to anxiety, depression and other mental health problems.
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), surely, is one area where it is clear that politicians at whatever level must send out a strong message that this appalling practise cannot continue. So I was understandably outraged to learn that in a vote before Christmas, four Conservatives MEPs - Marta Andreasen, Nirj Deva, Sajjad Karim and Timothy Kirkhope - voted against a European Parliament resolution condemning FGM. Several Conservative and UKIP MEPs also failed to back the resolution by abstaining. This, in my view, shows politics at its worst, letting political point-scoring on the EU ruin a chance to be a strong voice for vulnerable girls fearing barbaric mutilation.