Anastasia has a background working in human rights and social justice advocacy. In 2010 she ran a political pressure group for fairer voting with the Channel 4 programme Battlefront. She previously ran campaigns alongside Peter Tatchell at the grass-roots organisation the Peter Tatchell Foundation, after working for the LGBT digital news platform, PinkNews and legal charity the Human Dignity Trust. Anastasia currently runs public relations for AidEx, the world’s biggest international humanitarian aid and development event. In her spare time she dabbles in broadcast journalism, having hosted her own radio show at Shoreditch Radio.
I will never forget the scene in Ken Loach's <em>I, Daniel Blake</em> when the character Katie gets taken into the backroom of a shop for trying to steal tampons because she is too poor to afford them.
Sometimes it is the stories you hear of people who you know the least about, who you are furthest connected to, that touch you the most deeply; suffering or tragedy of another that makes you pause momentarily- and alters your sense of perspective thereon. This handful of little stories shared by LGBT+ Jamaicans exposes their struggle to live, love and be treated equally in a homophobic homeland, and sheds light on the key to survival that strings them together.
Levelle's philosophy that resonated the most was that we all have a choice when it comes to how we move around in life, and choosing to advance with a positive mentality is the key to overcoming hardship. This message was only to be reiterated by the sticker on the studio door he was sitting besides which read: 'I have a choice'.
As humans, we must raise our hands and accept that we all have a responsibility to look out for one another, regardless of skin colour, sexuality, faith or gender. For it is only when we fundamentally refuse to tolerate discrimination in its every form, can we wave goodbye to racism and embrace the fair and equal society humanity needs in order for it to truly prosper. Solidarity with Black Lives Matter.
From every attempt to extinguish this solidarity an even bigger flame seemingly erupts, evoking the words of Rozalla that everybody has a right to be free to feel good. Now let us start educating and spreading respect for that freedom before more lives are lost.
24/06/2016 07:42 BST
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