Diversity & Inclusion
As trends in online virality grow beyond anything anyone ever imagined, the voices of those in the minority who have paved the road for social justice are typically disregarded if and when a majority voice screams the same story a little louder. How is it fair that we can be selective in our appreciation and acknowledgment of such movements?
OUTLaw Student Committee Co-Chairs Bailey Lane and Harrison Moloney discuss the importance of inclusivity in the legal sector.
Last December, JK Rowling was announced as a winning recipient of the annual Russel Prize for 2020, for her controversial essay on sex and gender, which, when first released, triggered public outcry due to the transphobic nature of the piece.
We’ve gotten accustomed over the years to placing exceptional attention on America. This distortion of reality has led to a disconnect that tends to distance the rest of the world from America itself. But what’s happening in America, doesn’t only stay in America.
The release of the long awaited mother and baby report earlier this year has been utterly harrowing. 9,000 babies died in the 18 institutions investigated, which is 1 in 7 of all children born. Roughly 56,000 mothers gave birth in these institutions up until they closed in 1998. The report, while informative, has been laced with controversies and miscommunication.
As a society, we often place the blame on female victims of abuse, asking them insensitive questions such as “Why didn’t you leave?” FKA Twigs shut down this question from multiple interviewers and rightfully asserts that this pushes a narrative that women are responsible for the abuse inflicted upon them.
President Joe Biden has made some essential changes to legislation brought in by Trump that negatively impacted the lives of transgender people in America. However, it is essential that work continues to be done to continue passing necessary legislation for transgender rights.
Shauna Regan gives her review of It’s A Sin in the context of British 80s queer history.
The last decade of television has seen an increase in LGBTQ+ representation, but not without its problems. Ciara Phelan explores how Schitt’s Creek tackles some of the issues that its fellow programmes fail on.
STAND spoke to Evgeny Shtorn, Russian LGBTQ+ and direct provision activist, scholar and poet, and Rayann, community organiser, advocate for black queer folk in Ireland and poet. Both agreed that while Pride had accomplished so much, but was and still is, first and foremost, a protest.