Activism

Pregnant People and the Importance of Language

Recently, as always seems to happen, the media sunk their teeth into the latest stories they could use to bash both trans people and feminists in the same breath — the lobby to the UN to refer to those who are expecting as ‘pregnant people’, rather than ‘pregnant women’ or …

My Activism is Not For Profit

It’s that time of year again – when newsreaders get crucified if they don’t pin a bit of black plastic and red paper to their lapel. But it’s also the time of year when our favourite failed political party, Britain First, push their support for our troops on unsuspecting Facebookers …

Should We Name and Shame Abusers on Social Media?

A few years ago, my friend’s and I crowded into the toilet cubicle at a pub that we all frequented and wrote a list of names on the wall. Our toilet graffiti was finished with a heading “list of men to avoid” — an idea ripped from the pages of …

Free Condoms Aren’t A Symbol of the Patriarchy

If you’re a person who menstruates, or have ever spent any time talking to people who menstruate, you’ll know that sanitary products can be expensive, in part because they are taxed as a ‘luxury’, as if bleeding from your vagina every month or so is akin to an All Inclusive …

The Outside Project is Tackling Homelessness in the LGBTIQ+ Community

There are many issues that disproportionately affect LGBTIQ+ people in society, from mental health problems to hate crime. One of the less considered issues, however, is how over-represented queer people are amongst the UK’s homeless. Research by the Albert Kennedy Trust shows that up to a quarter of homeless young people …

1p Tampons and Other Myths About Period Poverty

Recently I have been thinking about how to engage people who don’t menstruate — namely cis men — into reducing period poverty and the taboos existing around menstruation. I have successfully detached my male friends from the “periods are gross” trope, but I realise that many non-menstruating people have no …

We Have a Responsibility To Talk About Mental Health Sensitively

In recent years, the topic of mental health has become increasingly popular and, subsequently, more visible in our media. Whereas previously discussions surrounding wellbeing or mental ill health were impeded by stigma, people now feel more able to open up. Gradually, we are also seeing a shift in understanding towards …

How to Support Young Activists

Despite having been an activist – or at least involved in activist circles – for almost half a decade, I have never felt like that label was mine to claim. Even when I was named as Stonewall Young Campaigner of the Year, I was reluctant to use the title of …

Allies Are The Reason I Can’t Escape Transphobia

When I realised I was transgender, I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to transition or not. I was petrified. Any discussion I saw about transgender people was always interrupted with passionate hate and flippant mockery. Meanwhile, news stories of harassment and violence were everywhere, and I was terrified. Was this …

Why Stonewall’s Come Out for LGBT Campaign is So Important

“But gay marriage is legal here!” “Stop exaggerating the issue for attention!” “I mean, it’s 2017. We are cool with things like that, now.” If you are part of the LGBT+ community, you’ve likely heard these remarks dozens of times. During my time working for Stonewall as a Young Campaigner, …