Prejudice

Why Ireland Should Vote for Marriage Equality

Aaron Vallely | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Politics
Aaron Vallely

The minds of the Irish people have become inflamed by fiery debate on the issue of Marriage Equality. In two weeks, our country takes to the polls to vote on Marriage Equality, and should it pass, could make not only Irish history, but world history, by being the first country to legally enact it by popular vote.

"Are You a Transvestite?" "No. Are You an Ignorant Bigot?"

Emma Flowers | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Flowers

The call duly arrived, somewhat out of the appointed time, but we chatted, quite normally, about the sort of work he needed, timescales, budget etc. Then, suddenly, out of the blue, he asked "are you a transvestite?"

Bruce Was Right - Kids Are Adaptable and We Shouldn't Use Them as a Disguise for Our Prejudices

Ben Johns | Posted 27.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Johns

Bruce Jenner's interview where he detailed his decision to transition from male to female was inspiring, informative and most importantly brave. By choosing to come out as transgender, Bruce has managed to educate the masses about the heartbreaking process of being trans and the courage it has taken to make the leap into leading the life that he wants to lead.

Why Is It Acceptable to Trash Disabled People?

Simon Stevens | Posted 23.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

Nowadays it seems difficult to go without a day where there is not some kind of disability related news item in the mainstream media, and disabled people appear to be taking over the country. Disabled people are certainly more visible, and there are certainly more people who define themselves as being disabled.

'The Amazing Racist': A Tale of Pride and Prejudice in Sri Lanka

Adele Wilde-Blavatsky | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Adele Wilde-Blavatsky

Chhimi Tenduf-La's debut novel, 'The Amazing Racist', was released worldwide in January by Hatchette India. The book follows the trials and tribulations of Eddie Trusted, an English school teacher in Colombo...

Everyone Is Falling In Love With This Video And You Will Too

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 06.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A new video released by the American Ad Council has people everywhere smiling. It begins by showing a large crowd some skeletons on a screen, befor...

Incidents Like the Paris Metro Are Shocking, but Casual Racism Is Alive and Kicking

Becky Read | Posted 25.04.2015 | UK
Becky Read

I appreciate the use of 'black' as a descriptive term in some circumstances, for example if you were trying to point out my boyfriend in a room full of Chinese people. I don't appreciate it when used in the context of explaining why people might be more afraid of him than someone who was just big.

Alan Turing Was Posthumously Pardoned - But There Are Thousands of Casualties of That Terrible Law

Matthew Breen | Posted 18.04.2015 | UK
Matthew Breen

Turing was posthumously pardoned and while he was a hero, there are thousands of casualties of that terrible law, thousands of men who are not heroes, but who cannot be overlooked for justice simply for seeking out the relationships to which all people are entitled... With this petition, I'm happy to play a small part in a campaign that can materially improve the lives of men convicted under discriminatory laws. The British government did the right thing by pardoning Turing, and now it's time for another positive step forward.

Being Black and Brown in Britain

Joshua Virasami | Posted 08.04.2015 | UK
Joshua Virasami

Racism, the point where power meets prejudice, is something we shy away from discussing in Britain, but it is a lived reality for millions on a day-to-day basis, a one-way stream of continued offense on varying scales.

Mindfulness in the Face of Terrorism

Alexa Frey | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Alexa Frey

Many of us have probably wondered, "Are we next?" This is a scary prospect. For Londoners it's also bound to bring up painful memories of the 07/07 bombings. These fears are then fuelled by sensationalist media coverage. If we're not mindful, we can end up feeling paralysed by fear and despair.

Anne Frank: A 70-Year-Old Voice That Still Has the Power to Make Us Change

Gillian Walnes MBE | Posted 29.03.2015 | UK
Gillian Walnes MBE

Anne wrote, "How wonderful it is that no-one need wait, but can start right now to gradually change the world". Anne Frank, as we mark seven decades since your agonised protracted death at Nazi hands, please know that you really did help to change the world.

Airline's Response To Customer Fat Shaming Their Flight Attendants Is Awesome

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A sexist airline passenger who criticised female flight attendants' appearance has been well and truly owned on social media. When Andres Horatio P...

The Judge, Jury and I

Kamontip Evans | Posted 14.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kamontip Evans

It's too easy to judge prematurely. Often we don't bother to find out why others do what they do. Judge them unfavorably and we get irritated, angry, annoyed; judge them favorably and we distort the reality to fit with our preference.

'All I Want This Chanukah is A Giant Sack of Bulls**t'

Dan Glass | Posted 19.02.2015 | UK
Dan Glass

Life is beautiful, and so during this festive period, I'm going to be eating, drinking, spending time with loved ones, planning more protests ... and hoping that Santa comes down the chimney with plenty of menorahs and sacks of bulls**t.

Learned Prejudice

Vicky Frankland | Posted 04.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Vicky Frankland

By the time a child reaches secondary school, they have begun to learn the rules that will help them to survive their time at school. Fitting in with everyone else is encouraged and the child is advised not to give people a reason to pick on them. If you are fat, lose weight; if you are shy, be more outgoing; if you are loud, be quieter...

It May Be Halloween, But It's No Time For Witch-Hunts

Jemma Wayne | Posted 28.12.2014 | UK Politics
Jemma Wayne

It is time to wake up. In different ways many of us have done it, uttered sweeping, dangerous slurs - the "don't be gay" type comment is one I have heard unchallenged far too often. But it is the urgent responsibility of each of us, right now, to be precise about what speech we employ...

Royal Ramblings: Could Priscilla Be Crowned TNA's Queen?

Danny Stone | Posted 14.12.2014 | UK Sport
Danny Stone

Trained as a grappler from a young age and an identifying bisexual by his teens, Ollie was wrestling at only 17 but without any industry role models from the LGBT community. So it was that Priscilla was crowned and her path to stardom begun.

Tom And Jerry Cartoons Now Carry A Racism Warning

Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK

Tom and Jerry cartoons now display warnings they may depict ethnic and racist prejudices. Subscribers on Amazon Prime Instant Video can view the c...

Weirdo, Mosher, Freak: The Legacy of Sophie Lancaster

Emma Watts | Posted 26.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Watts

Sobriety happened immediately. As a couple of friends took him to the hospital, I remember sitting on the stairs trying to process what had just happened and being completely unable to comprehend how anyone could do something like that.

Was Amanda Knox Innocent, or Did She Just Have Good PR?

Selene Nelson | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Selene Nelson

Considerable time, effort and money has gone into portraying Knox as a wholesome girl-next-door and Sollecito, a shy, well-behaved doctor's son. Stories that threaten to shatter these carefully constructed PR images are just brushed under the carpet.

Young London - Who We Really Are

Miriam Brown | Posted 16.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Miriam Brown

If the young do receive praise, any good behaviour or achievement is regarded as something as rare as a blue moon. The man/woman often appears utterly astonished that someone 'so young' could do 'such a brilliant thing.' ... it is up to us, the young adult population, to 'portray [our]selves the best way [we] can' and to get our voices heard; so it no longer becomes rare but the norm.

There's a Stigma of Being Short and We're All Subconsciously Contributing to It

Vicky Chan | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Vicky Chan

Height is just one of the many ways in which our prejudices are formed. It's creating unnecessary barriers for vertically challenged people who have just as much potential as normal-to-above-average height people. It's not the most vital problem out there, but it is a problem nonetheless.

The Truth About Fattist Folk

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

Fattist folk are just unhappy people. That's the truth of it. Happy people don't have prejudices because they don't spend their time fixated on the people that surround them. They just live their own happy lives. All prejudice comes from a deeply unhappy place inside ourselves.

Why Feminists Owe Amanda Knox Nothing

Selene Nelson | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Selene Nelson

Her "Foxy Knoxy" status is an irrelevance. No one has "failed" her. She has failed herself, and she fails the Kercher family each and every day she protests her innocence. There is only one female victim here - Meredith Kercher - and how dare Basile allow Knox's PR spin, and her own wilful ignorance, to conceal that.

Decades on, a Murdered Teenager Still Has a Lot to Teach Us

Gillian Walnes MBE | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK
Gillian Walnes MBE

In an increasingly divisive world, and at a time when Europe is alarmingly turning to nationalism and extremist politicians, this tragic teenager, who died nearly 70 years ago and who never got to live out the life she planned, can do more than many politicians to demonstrate how we should live together as members of one human race.