Diversity Outdoors - Mya-Rose Craig
Listen to 18 year old Mya-Rose Craig, aka Birdgirl, talk with BBC Radio 4 about her community of women, Black Girls Hike. Craig founded the group a year ago with the aim to bring Black women together to "enjoy the tranquillity of rural areas". Craig is a keen bird watcher and has travelled the globe to track down different breeds. As a British Bangladeshi, she has found that on her travels around forests, fens, mountains and other rural landscapes in the UK, very few people look like her. She wants to encourage more people of colour to experience the outdoors - in this conversation, she discusses the barriers and damaging stereotypes with Rhiane Fatinikun. Listen now by clicking her picture below.
Listen time: 14 minutes
One mother's campaign to challenge fears of disability
UK charity Wouldn’t Change A Thing has released a music video in a bid to tackle the stigma of disability, and particularly surrounding Down’s Syndrome. With Down’s Syndrome Awareness Month this October, director of the charity Tania Charlton wants to “break down fears, assumptions and stigma” which are so often assumed when we are around people with a disability. The music video was created to challenge these feelings of fear and discomfort and to promote positive awareness of Down's Syndrome. Click the still below to watch the video.
Read time: 2 minutes
Queer Britain calls on the LGBTQI community and its allies to make history
Queer Britain is a LGBTQ+ charity that has been working towards establishing the UK’s first national LGBTQ+ museum since 2018. The impact of queer people on every part of our culture has been huge and the museum put this “centre stage” to preserve, explore and celebrate. To achieve this, Queer Britain have partnered with the Post Office to invite UK’s LGBTQ+ community to write an open letter to the museum, to share their experiences which will be preserved in their growing archive. The letter can take the form of an anecdote, artwork, poem or photography - see further guidelines here and watch the video below!