5 ways to support your community during the Covid-19 outbreak:
- Download the NextDoor app. A platform to connect with your neighbours, you can find those who need some extra help and support them by picking up some milk or walking their dog.
- The Postcard Campaign. You can find templates online of a postcard to pop through your neighbours letterboxes. This way you can reach elderly and vulnerable members of your community or those who are self-isolating, and let them know they are not alone.
- Donate to food banks. Access to food is more important than ever in a time where many are stockpiling and leaving nothing for those most in need. Many are also looking for volunteers in this trying time.
- Give blood. This is considered an essential outing by the government and with many blood drives being cancelled, there is an urgent need for donations.
- Support your local businesses. Whilst supermarkets are profiting massively from panic shopping, independent stores are struggling, many forced to close their doors for good. Support independent businesses by shopping form your local greengrocer or international supermarket, order takeaways from local restaurants, and purchase a gift voucher to help these stores stay on your local high street.
Trans or cis, women are stronger united
International Transgender Day of Visibility is honoured annually on March 31st. In a society where transgender people are too often invalidated and discriminated against, lets celebrate those who feel able to live openly and proudly as transgender. There is a long history of feminist discourse, still given credence today, ignoring or rejecting outright the rights of trans women and men. Feminism by definition is a movement of inclusion, compassion and a fight against systematic gendered oppression. It logically follows that trans-exclusionary feminism is not feminism. Both trans people and cisgender women face a shared discrimination purely based on their gender; we share the same problems, we are on the same side. Columnist, Zoe Williams calls for solidarity and a move away from binaries. Read her article by clicking the picture below.
Trans man who gave birth is fighting back after court legally declared him his child’s ‘mother’
Trans man Freddy McConnell, who lost the right to be named his child’s father at the High Court last year, will take his case to the Court of Appeal. In September 2019, a judge ruled against McConnell despite the fact that he is legally recognised as male and has a Gender Recognition Certificate. Sir Andrew McFarlane, the president of the family division of the High Court, ruled that people who had given birth must legally be named as the “mother” on their child’s birth certificate, regardless of their gender. This created the first legal definition of a mother in common law. Scott Halliday, lawyer and modern families expert at law firm Irwin Mitchell, said: “The High Court decision was hugely disappointing, but the Court of Appeal offers an opportunity to accurately acknowledge the relationship between Freddy and his child, and thus for the law to be on the right side of history when it comes to transgender rights". Click the photo below to follow his story more closely.
LGBT and homeless: 'I was told to contact my abusive dad'Saskia was 16 when she was kicked out of her home by her abusive father. Her father, who had exploded after Saskia came out as transgender, was violent towards her and emotionally abusive. Eventually, she was told she was no longer welcome at home and Saskia left the house to stay with a friend's family. When Saskia contacted Cornwall Council for help, she says they asked her to obtain a letter from her dad to prove she had been kicked out. "Obviously I couldn't message my dad to ask for it, I was just terrified of being in the same place as him. I was trying to contact my family to try and get it [but] they just weren't cooperating. The council basically said without evidence there was nothing they could do." BBC Three contacted all 343 local councils in England and found that Saskia is not alone in her experience — 55 are asking young LGBTQ+ people who have been told to leave home for letters from their parents as “proof" of homelessness, unless there are claims of abuse. Click the photo to read more about Saskia's story.
Lewis Capaldi launches fan mental health schemeThe Scottish singer has pioneered a mental health initiative called Livelive which aims to help fans who suffer from social anxiety and experience panic attacks, particularly in the crowded venues of his gigs. He has recently spoken out about his own mental health struggles in interviews and received a huge amount of support and identification from fans with similar experiences. Livelive provides additional support for fans attending his live shows in the form of a gig buddy system, a help desk and a quiet space reserved for anyone who needs it. This is the first mental health initiative of its kind and the response he has received from fans has been hugely positive. Click the photo for full details of the Livelive scheme.