Wednesday , 24 April 2019

Features

Challenging bullying begins with acceptance: Andrew’s Story

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  Stonewall Scotland have launched a #NoBystanders campaign in response to National Anti-Bullying Week. The movement asks people to be more vocal against all forms of bullying, whether explicit, subtle or misguided, and move away from just simply letting things slide. This follows depressing statistics: 7,500 young people in the UK experience bullying per year on average, with nearly a ...

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LGBTI icon Michelle Visage brings heartfelt message to Glasgow

Michelle Visage

      LGBTI icon Michelle Visage often displays the extent of her passion and commitment to combat prejudice and bullying. She showed this and much more when I met her with my son and daughter in Glasgow last weekend. Her visit was touching. My son has experienced homophobic bullying and I have struggled with my own self-acceptance. Michelle’s unique ...

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A gay Muslim speaks: Why I left radical Islam

Sohail Ahmed

  Sohail’s story is a contribution to the Peter Tatchell Foundation’s on-going LGBT-Muslim Solidarity campaign, where it gives a platform and voice to LGBT Muslims and ex-Muslims. I was born into a devout Muslim family in East London. My mother wears the niqab and my father keeps a long beard. Both my parents are fundamentalist Salafi-Wahhabi Muslims. I was brought up ...

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Belief Matters ….Or Not? Remembering All War Dead!

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Remembering All Those Who Died in Wars and All Unknown Soldiers “Lechol Ish Yesh Shem” – “Every Man is given a Name by God” Today we will be remembering our war dead, all those brave men, women and civilian victims who lost their lives in all the wars since and including World War One (WWI). Members of the Armed Forces, ...

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Belief Matters ………… or Not?

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Belief Matters …. or Not? Here at KaleidoScot, we’ve decided we would try out a new idea – to look at different Belief systems, Faiths, Traditions and Customs. Alongside this, we may look at different forms of Spirituality and ways in which people connect with their inner souls or spirits. Some of the questions we could try to address are ...

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Intersex Awareness Day – the right to be yourself and not be mutilated

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Today’s Intersex Awareness Day highlights the right of intersex people not to have their bodies mutilated and to underscore the fact that they exist and need to be accepted and respected. An intersex person is born with some of their biological sex characteristics varying from what is typically considered clearly male or female. Intersex people represent a significant percentage of the ...

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Justine’s Coming Out Story

Justine Smithies

From the very beginning of my life I knew there was something wrong, and coming out of that feeling, being true to myself was a long journey. This feeling there was something wrong I wasn’t sure of until around the age of eleven. I could never relate to people of the gender of which my body developed and I really hated myself. If ...

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10 minutes with Conchita Wurst

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  Conchita Wurst needs little introduction. The 2014 Eurovision Song Contest Winner became an instant inspiration for the millions who took to heart the message of Rise Like a Phoenix – and the respect and tolerance at the heart of her performance. Indeed, Conchita has become something of an icon for LGBTI communities across Europe and has performed at several ...

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Coming out…again

Andrew

  It’s October 11th…it’s National Coming Out Day. I hardly think it’s accidental that Coming Out Day falls on the day immediately following World Mental Health Day. Given that LGBTI people are disproportionately likely to experience mental ill health, improving awareness and making it easier for people to come out are surely obvious methods of rasing standards of mental wellbeing. ...

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Hebridean trans author pleased to play role in changing attitudes

Julie Clarke

  A trans woman who has written a book about her life has spoken of how she has been able to use her experiences to change attitudes. Julie Clarke, who lives on the Isle of Coll and whose book – Becoming Julie – was published in 2014, was speaking to KaleidoScot ahead of the inaugural Icon Awards, in which she ...

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