How can kids like I was recover from the impact of bullying on their mental health if we don’t provide the right support? Continue reading Bouncing back?
Sliced bread? The internet? Paper money? Televisions? Telephones? Teleprinters? Glasses? Candles? The wheel? Would inventing any one of those things make me a genius? How about passing all my GCSEs, A-Levels, a degree and a PhD? Nope. Well, I don't think so anyway. See, geniusness isn't about discovery. Nor is it about having a good memory, or a sudden flash of imagination. It's about intelligence. … Continue reading We need a world of geniuses.
I’m walking across the school yard outside the science labs when this kid comes right up to my face. He has one hand in his bag. I must have looked like I was about to pass out with fear, because that’s how I felt. “I’ll be watching you this weekend. I know where you live. If you go out of your front door, I’ll be waiting for you with my gun, and I’ll shoot you. I’ll kill you. Got it?” I believed him. Continue reading ‘If you leave your house, I’ll shoot you. I’ll kill you.’ #bullying
I woke up after Brighton Pride exhausted and happy, but also wondering whether I’d been to a Pride at all. Was it not just a concert in the park? I’d had a fantastic time, but couldn’t help thinking about whether partying, and commercial advertising, is really what Pride is suppose to be about. Continue reading Pride. What’s it supposed to be?
Better, worse or just different? Group therapy isn’t always available in the UK, but it was recommended as something that might help me, so I went along. Continue reading Group therapy.
Today, I was in Manchester. So much of what I saw this afternoon was ordinary people, living their ordinary lives. I hope I’ve captured just a little that quintessentially British mood of ‘keep calm and carry on’. Yet at the same time, so much was strange and seemed horribly out of place. The armed police; the touching tributes; the quiet, respectful mood in St Anne’s … Continue reading Manchester: peaceful, defiant, a united city.
Our city, our community, suffered a hideous atrocity committed by those who seek to divide us and to scare us. They will not succeed. Manchester is stronger. Continue reading Manchester #WeStandTogether
One of the most important TV series ever produced; tackling issues head-on and, hopefully, saving lives. Continue reading 13 Reasons Why: a massive strike against the stigma of suidice and mental ill health.
Anne is a Lesbian. She’s in her 60’s, and it was a privilege to talk with her recently about her experiences; both growing older in the LGBT community and some of the things she and other gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people had to live through in decades past. The piece that I, and my colleagues, recorded with Anne will be broadcast on Gaydio tonight; … Continue reading Being Old and LGBT; with Gaydio.
Throughout the #Brexit debate, I’ve tried to be objective in the face of myths, and stick to verified facts when confronted by barefaced liars. But I will not be called a ‘traitor’. I am a European citizen first and foremost, and removing that from me is stripping away part of my identity. It’s barbaric. Continue reading #Brexit: depriving me of my European citizenship is an act of barbarity unworthy of our United Kingdom.