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LGBT+ World Voices: ‘I Don’t Blame Them…’

‘I don’t blame the people that bullied me’: Anjana’s story When I think back to my school days, I always try and remember the positives. Sadly, I can’t recall many. Bullying (definition): Repeated, persistent and aggressive behaviour intended to cause fear, distress, or harm to another person’s body, emotions, self-esteem or reputation. It began in primary

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How One Woman is Using Manicures to Fight Transphobia

Changing the world, one nail at a time Charlie Craggs, trans-woman and activist, travels around the UK with her pop-up nail salon and invites strangers to come and get their nails done for free. Why? Well, this gives her ‘a chance to sit down with someone who might not have met a trans-person before, yet probably

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LGBT+ World Voices: What is it Like to be Gay in Malaysia Today?

What is it like to be gay in Malaysia today? As part of our series, LGBT+ World Voices, Ditch the Label have been speaking to people in the LGBT+ community who are living, or have lived in countries with repressive legislation/strong conservative attitudes. This month sees Pride celebrations happening around the world and with this in

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LGBT+ World Voices: What is it Like to be Gay in Kenya Today?

What is it Like to be Gay in Kenya Today? Living in a progressive culture is something that a lot of people take for granted. Whilst there is still a long way to go in the fight for equality in the West, we are still much further ahead than some of our brothers and sisters

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Women Aren’t Born Gentle and Men Aren’t Born Strong

Women aren’t born gentle and men aren’t born strong Gender has become a topic of ongoing discussion internationally and whilst progress has been made it’s clear that our vision for true gender equality has not yet been realised. Our 2015 ‘Annual Bullying Survey’ drew attention to a worrying statistic which highlighted how nearly a quarter

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Should We Ban the Burqa?

Yesterday it was announced that it is now illegal to wear a Burqa in Switzerland with fines of up to £6,500 for those in violation. Unfortunately this isn’t a new concept within the realms of legislation as the French government made it illegal back in 2010. For those who aren’t familiar with Burqas, it is a long

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Life With Vitiligo: My White Skin Cells Started to Attack Each Other

  Life was never going to be easy for someone like me. Born with Vitiligo, a skin condition where white skin cells stop forming or begin attacking each other, causing white patches on the skin, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out I had little chance of escaping taunts, stares and inquisitive questions. Being

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Callie Thorpe: God forbid a woman having a stretch mark or not looking like they are professionally airbrushed.

When talking about size discrimination and bullying many people think that it’s not really a thing. People might think that sharing a meme of a fat person is just funny and tweeting and laughing along about how ‘huge’ Gemma Collins is every time she is on your TV screens is just banter. Well here’s the

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A Chat With Dustin Lance Black

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity of meeting up with the wonderful Dustin Lance Black for a couple of hours. We talked Ditch the Label, bullying, transatlantic equality… and cake. I also spoke to Dustin about his upbringing and career inspirations and I may or may not have made a few blunders along

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Kody Keplinger, Author of The DUFF Interview

As many of you will already know, we recently announced that we were the official UK charity partner for The DUFF movie which is currently playing at major cinemas across the UK. As part of the partnership, we were given an opportunity to interview Kody Keplinger; the author of the original ‘The DUFF’ book. We

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