The geography of gender

Today is International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate the achievements and contributions of women across all areas of society. It is also a call to action. It is a day to recognise that while significant progress has been made in the status of women around the world, a huge amount of work remains if genderRead moreThe geography of gender

Belonging in Britain

This time I’m trying something different, with a visual journey. Across the UK minorities form clusters, both spatial (e.g. where they live) and social (e.g. friendship groups, clubs based around nationality or sexual orientation). Here I give some background on why this happens, and why we should celebrate rather than integrate these diverse communities. SwipeRead moreBelonging in Britain

Rights and riots

LGBT+ History Month is marked at different times in different countries, but in the UK this falls in February. Some may ask why, though, if we have made progress as a society – however imperfect – it is needed. Why don’t we focus on the future instead of also looking to the past? Why doRead moreRights and riots

The feeling of allyship

If you’re reading this blog it’s a safe bet that you’re interested in what it means to be an ally, or you’re well on your way along the journey. It’s also a safe bet that many of you reading this will have been on the receiving end of support from an ally in one formRead moreThe feeling of allyship

Sticks and stones

We tell children that “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” That sentiment may be admirable, but the reality is far more complex. Two weeks ago the North American Scrabble Players Association announced that they will ban derogatory slurs that target people based on characteristics such as race, genderRead moreSticks and stones

Finding my voice

First off, thanks for visiting my blog. This is my first post, and since this site is all about diversity I’d like to begin with a rundown on some diversity-related stats about me. I’m 35. I’m a white man and I grew up in a middle-class home with a mum and a dad and aRead moreFinding my voice