Changing language

Kate Smith, a Changing Attitude trustee and the person responsible for the transformation of our web site three years ago, has a letter published in this week’s Church of England Newspaper. Sir, When in Emma, Jane Austen described academies where young women were sent to be ‘screwed out of health and into vanity’ she little […]

Look mum I’m on the telly!

Reality TV is all the rage at the moment. OK so it can be intrusive and voyeuristic. But it can also be information and educative, helping audiences to understand and appreciate other people. Preconceptions can be overturned by it, and prejudices broken down by the insights offered into the problems and struggles others might be […]

Kenyan media house bans hate speech targeting LGBTI in adverts

Melissa Wainaina, Arcus Correspondent Kenya

Election time is looming in Kenya and there is a sense of guardedness as the country moves from the dark past of post election violence in 2007 that resulted in the deaths of over 1,500 people. The upcoming election is also a litmus test of the new people-driven constitution that Kenyans came up with in […]

Thousands protest at Malaysian university anti-LGBT rally

student protestor at Malaysian anti-LGBT rally

Thousands, including hundreds of students, gathered at an anti-LGBT rally outside Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, witnessing speeches clamouring for intolerance of sexual minorities in Malaysia. Several NGOs met to express their dissatisfaction with tentative calls for LGBT rights in the majority Islamic country. Protestors met at the campus of Universiti Putra Malaysia in Serdang, south […]

Naming and shaming

Trans Media Watch

In her powerful message on last night’s ‘writer, rights campaigner and raver’ Paris Lees named the biggest problem faced by transgender people  – the discrimination, bigotry and prejudice that is summed up in the word ‘transphobia’, meaning a strong aversion to trans people. Paris gave a personal example: some people seem to think that […]