Diversity & Inclusion
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.
Ariana Grande, as well as many other celebrities, are finding themselves under fire due to cultural appropriation. But what does this mean? Cultural appropriation is adopting a certain element of another culture but being disrespectful in the process.
Covid-19 has thrown into the spotlight the inequalities which persist in today’s world. It has, in particular, highlighted the inequalities faced by persons with disabilities. Persons with disabilities are both directly and indirectly impacted by lockdown measures, which have been implemented across the globe.
While the importance of solidarity cannot be overstated, instances of self-serving, performative allyship with Black Lives Matter must also be recognised and addressed. Perhaps the biggest culprits of performative allyship have been corporations seeking to boost their public image.
In Stop Filming Us (2020) Dutch filmmaker Joris Postema travels to the city of Goma in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where numerous conflicts and even more Western aid organizations have been in the past 25 years. The problem is, sometimes these Westerners would rather define Goma and its people on their terms. Can Postema portray the Congolese reality without becoming part of the problem?