Stonewall now campaigning on trans* rights

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Whether we’re challenging bullying in our schools, tackling hate crime on our streets or working to make our public services truly equal for users, we have a responsibility to use our voice and share our 25 years of experience

In a quite historic move from the previously LGB charity Stonewall They said that from today they will campaign for Lesbian, gay and bisexual and trans equality and rights.

Stonewall has spent the last number of months meeting over 700 different trans* people respercenting as much as the spectrum as possible. As a result of this they come up with a report outlining out lining about making current and to also develop new ones on trans issues and also about training.

Now we can’t forget that in the past Stonewall have made some massive mistakes such as working with Paddy power after their transphobic TV advert for lady’s day at Cheltenham races (which was later banned by the ASA) but they have apologised for this and stated that they wanted to start a consultation to look at the most effective ways of working together.

To find out more read their report: Trans people and Stonewall

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Pink News: Article

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Being blocked…

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Over the past month I’ve been in constant battle with the 3 network in the UK about them filtering my blog because of ‘Adult’ content… But they weren’t the only ones (Vodafone, O2 and Sky) but these networks and providers quickly unblocked it after I pointed it out.

Now I’m not after website traffic or anything but it’s a point to make to them that it’s censorship of free speech but also stopping people finding figures and info about LGBT and personal mental health experiences.

Now 3 briefly unblocked my website only to only to reblock this week (as you can see from the photo).

Now this sort of thing is part of a bigger problem, the UK government is promoting filters (and making ISP’s) to prevent children and young people from seeing content that is supposed to be for over 18’s, such pornography, alcohol, smoking, pro-anorexia and hate speech.

These filters block many more websites that are not harmful to children. Sometimes innocent websites and blogs get caught up (like Pink News). I’ve also heard and seen evidence of others (sexual health, lgbt information, domestic abuse help sites ext)

Looking at https://www.blocked.org.uk, they’ve taken the top 100,000 websites (according to Alxea) and published how many sites were blocked by default. Here’s the results:

BT-Light: 0
BT-Moderate: 3852
BT-Strict: 6876
EE: 1596
O2: 4786
Plus net: 4940
Sky filter default: 0
TalkTalk Kidsafe: 7020
TalkTalk Strict: 5653
Three: 12982
VirginMedia: 5103
Vodafone: 4441

Out of all the mobile networks Three were the worst and the main ISP’S it was TalkTalk Kidsafe… Wonder how many Inccent websites were quite up?

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A winter walk

When I can start myself sinking a bit into a depressive episode, I’ve started trying to go for some walks to try and ward it off a bit also my ed head loves the fact that this means a chance to burn off some kcals. But walking is great for me, it keeps me fit, active so I can’t act on thoughts in the house, gives me time to think and also it gives me some time to play around with my camera.

Here’s some results from today:

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(All images are copyrighted)

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#Take5ToBlog

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Seeing that it’s Time to Talk day, I decided to take part in the #Take5ToBlog. It’s where there’s 5 questions from your name, your illness to your hopes for the future.

I found this though a Facebook post and also a email I was sent and I just had to take part so I could do my part to raise awareness of mental health and the issues around it.

Now I’m fairly open about my mental health (as you would see from my twitter and also this blog) but this is slightly different.

So here’s my #Take5ToBlog

My name is: Fox (like I’ll give my real name on here) and I have experienced a variety of mental health problems to name a few: Bipolar, anorexia, anxiety, OCD and also PTSD.

My mental illnesses have affected every part of my life: being awake, sleeping, work ect. The crushing lows and highs of bipolar have impacted so much of my life from self care, friends, personal relationships and also work. Anorexia also affects every waking moment, living with the fear of food and the fear of gaining weight, having a voice where it makes you believe that you are fat, the guilt after eating something, the impulse to exercise all the time to lose weight. The anxiety is another one; the fear of being in a crowded place, speaking to people who I don’t know or being in a different place, this affects me to the point where I’ll have panic attacks, bolt away or worse case… I just shut down.

My greatest source of support has come from my closest friends who have been so understanding over the years and stuck by me even when I’ve been at my lowest and was sectioned. Also my girlfriend has been fantastic at supporting me, understanding how I may act or react to something and being very resuring when something happens.

My hope for the future is two things. The first one is to get back to the point where I was a few years ago where I was stable and not in the depths of my eating disorder. The 2nd is that mental health can be discussed openly and not hidden away as a shameful seciart.

I’m taking 5 on time to talk day because it’s important to talk about mental health and to raise awareness of the issues surrounding it.

Now I’ve done mine, are you going to do yours? Or take 5 minutes to talk to someone? It can be just a simple hello and how are you doing.

Some conversations are scary. Some aren’t. Don’t be afraid to talk about mental health

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