Five NHS commissioning groups in London are proposing devastating cuts to services for Autistic children. Cuts risk leaving families unable to cope, and will damage children’s health and future prospects; all because of Tory cuts to health service funding.… Read More Tory NHS Rationing Care for Autistic Children
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;… Read More Manchester: peaceful, defiant, a united city.
One of the most important TV series ever produced; tackling issues head-on and, hopefully, saving lives.… Read More 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… Read More 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.… Read More #Brexit: depriving me of my European citizenship is an act of barbarity unworthy of our United Kingdom.
I live in a country divided; by hate, by fear, by politics, and by economics. There are many reasons for this. But the way out is emphatically not through isolation and cutting ourselves off from each other and the rest of the world. Even the most divided cultures and can, through increased understanding, grow to accept one another.… Read More Against hate, understanding. Against division, hope.
Allowing parents to opt-out and not making LGBT-inclusive lessons compulsory in all schools is dangerous; and can lead vulnerable children, like me, to depression, isolation, self-harm or worse.… Read More The Government’s announcement this week on Sex and Relationship Education does not go nearly far enough.
Recently, I’ve come across a branch of ‘alternative medicine’ called naturopathy which claims to be able to cure ills and prevent disease using only the wonders of nature. With no evidence to back up their claims, and practitioners stopping patients seeking genuine medical treatment for real conditions; I believe that deluded belief systems such as this, and those who evangelise them, are a danger to others and to society.… Read More Practicing fake medicine makes you a danger to society.