Identity

‘If It Wasn’t For This Virus, I Would Not Be the Woman I am Today’ – Living With HIV: Lexi Gibson Blogs

Lexi Gibson blogs about life with HIV HIV is the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. It is a virus that replicates itself off fighter cells, also known as the immune system. This replication is stopped when a patient takes daily medication. My first 14 years of life I was discriminated against for having HIV. Since then, the

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‘I Hated Talking. I Hated Opening My Mouth. And I Was Starting To Hate Myself.’ Life With a Speech Impediment

Juan V Lopez blogs about how he went from hating his speech impediment to embracing it, and using it to his advantage “He can’t read!” kids would say when I was asked to read out loud. “You don’t know the plays?” coaches would yell at me when I couldn’t call a play in a huddle.

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‘I Couldn’t Even Hear the Word Without Feeling Disgusting – Like I Was a Freak’: Ambs Blogs About Life With Asperger Sydrome

Ambs blogs about life with Asperger Syndrome I was officially diagnosed with the syndrome in 2009, when I was 13-years-old. I didn’t know anything about autism back then; in fact I don’t think I had ever heard of the condition before, and all of a sudden I was told I have this life-long ‘disability’. I

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Sport and Sexism: We Interviewed Boxer Charlene Jones and Footballer Gemma Evans

We interviewed Cardiff City football player Gemma Evans and boxer Charlene Jones DtL: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into your chosen sport? Charlene: I first got introduced to boxing through my dad; he used to box and took me to a local boxing gym. From there I haven’t looked

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Masculinity and Misogyny in the Digital Age

In conjunction with leading social intelligence company BrandWatch, we analysed misogynistic behaviour and ideas of masculinity on Twitter [You can read the full report here] Our Annual Bullying Survey 2016 (a study in which we looked at why young people bully others) revealed that those who identified as being male, or who had grown up

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Not That Kind of Essex Girl: The Founders of The Mother Hub are Campaigning For the Redefinition of “Essex Girl” in English Dictionaries

Not that kind of Essex  girl’ – the founders of The Mother Hub are campaigning for the derogatory definition of ‘Essex girl’ to be redefined in English dictionaries DtL: Can you tell us a little bit about yourselves? Natasha and Juliet: We are Natasha Sawkins and Juliet Thomas, friends for ten years and co-founders of

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‘You Are Not Alone’: Ryan Shares His Story

Ryan Woollard was bullied the whole way through school, but he wants you to know that you are not alone and things do get better It all started at primary school… First came the odd, flippant remark about my physical appearance, then came the name-calling and the homo-hate because my mum is married to another

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“I Like Breaking Society’s Stupid Little ‘Gender Norms'”

Melissa Brooks on defying gender stereotypes in rock music DtL: Have you ever experienced bullying? If so what happened and how did you deal with the experience? Melissa: Yes. Until I reached my late teens, I always felt as if I was an outcast. I felt outspoken, and I always stood out from everyone else

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Tyger Drew-Honey Reveals All

We spoke to Tyger Drew-Honey about growing up, ‘Tyger Takes On’, sexuality, porn, bullying and pretty much everything in between Actor and presenter Tyger Drew-Honey is not one to shy away from subjects that many would feel uneasy talking about. In his BBC3 documentary series ‘Tyger Takes On’ he examined themes that cause confliction in

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‘School was a Very Difficult Place for me to Navigate’ – Autism, Disordered Eating and Bipolar: Joe Plumb Shares His Story

Autism, Disordered Eating and Bipolar – Joe Plumb shares his story From the very first day of school I was treated differently. Other kids didn’t seem to want to talk or interact with me and neither me or my parents understood why. I felt so alone. At the age of six, I was diagnosed with

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