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One word can make a huge difference

Posted by Philip on 10 May 2016, 8:36 am in , , ,

In Christopher Reive's recent Taranaki Daily News article, Stephen Hills to represent New Zealand at the Paralympic Games, he writes:

"Hills, who suffers right-side paralysis and seizures..."

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A mash-up about Blogging Against Disablism Day #BADD2016

Posted on 1 May 2016, 12:24 pm in , , , , , , ,

Blogging Against Disablism Day, May 1st 2016

1 May is the eleventh annual Blogging Against Disablism Day. "This is the day where all around the world, disabled and non-disabled people blog about their experiences, observations and thoughts about disability discrimination (known as disablism or ableism). In this way, we hope to raise awareness of inequality, promote equality and celebrate the progress we've made," says the official site.

I've blogged a couple of times. This year I'm doing a mash-up of those two posts because they still represent my views.

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What does true diversity look like?

Posted on 26 April 2016, 10:43 am in , , , , , , , ,

Updated 7.45pm 26 April 2016: I have corrected the "assimilated" part of diagram. I also found out the original diagram is not Susie Sirman's (source unknown). 

The following tweet turned up in my feed this morning from Susie Sirman, from Alberta, Canada, a self-confessed "high school science and art teacher, learning coach, edtech enthusiast, busy mom and a terrible choice to follow on Twitter." So I followed her. But anyway, her tweet:

I like the model (further tweets between us revealed it isn't hers) and I agree with it to an extent. Simply putting different people in the same room isn't useful, but I think it is, unfortunately, what inclusion is about currently. It isn't, however, diversity.

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Clear ambiguity

Posted by Philip on 4 April 2016, 11:12 am in , , , , , , , ,

At Be. Leadership last weekend, Joe Macdonald from Affinity Services' Rainbow Community Liaison and Training Team spoke about a trend they have seen in younger people identifying as genderfluid and/or pansexual, rather than male/female/transgender and/or gay/bi/straight. I asked Joe what dials they thought were being turned to encourage/enable this change.

Joe's answer was that there seemed to be a change in the meaning of ambiguity. Whereas previously "ambiguous" may have been seen as a synonym for "confused", now, perhaps, young people are choosing ambiguity as a clear identity — in other words, people are clear that their gender and sexual identity, as well as their preference and orientation, are, indeed, unclear and undefined.

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The power of uncertainty and not knowing

Posted by Philip on 18 March 2016, 3:40 pm in , , , , , , , ,

There's a lot of talk about addiction these days: to drugs, alcohol, sex, porn, coffee, food, cigarettes. You name it, if it makes you feel good, you're addicted. 

But here's a couple of other addictive "circumstances" we don't talk about: certainty and knowing. If there are a couple of things we all crave for, it's assurance and understanding.

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Laughter, anxiety and diversity

Posted by Philip on 3 March 2016, 10:55 am in , , , , , , ,

I wrote the other day about my own experience of anxiety and my thoughts that we have emerged into an age of anxiety. While I tried to keep it light, it's a dark topic.

It has occurred to me since that one of the most healing behaviours for me, both during my period of acute anxiety and now as I still experience low-level but chronic anxiety is my ability to laugh. Laughing in the face of fear and dis-ease is challenging, but it has an incredibly positive effect.

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Pride — let's all be very nice, shall we?

Posted by Philip on 11 February 2016, 2:48 pm in , , , ,

Michael Stevens writes on GayNZ.com that Pride "is designed to be celebratory, fun, and inclusive. It’s not built for anger and protest." This in response to last year's No Pride In Prisons protest at the parade, against the treatment of transgender prisoners, in which one protester's arm was broken by parade security.

So, Pride is about including people, but only if they're nice and fun and happy. For people who aren't, Michael suggests a separate space — sounding kind of like a time out or detention for naughty queers. He'd even come and watch.

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Dildos, Mickey Mouse, rent-a-protest and that flag

Posted by Philip on 6 February 2016, 11:16 am in , , , , , ,

It's been a troubling week with the signing of the TPPA and the Prime Minister flip-flopping over his attendance at Te Tii Marae at Waitangi. These events weren't troubling in themselves, but his reactions were. John Key called the kawa (protocol) of the marae "Mickey Mouse" and TPPA protestors "rent-a-protest".

Josie Butler, an anti-TPP protester, threw a dildo at Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce, shouting "that's for raping our sovereignty". And then Key was seen wearing a lapel badge of the most popular alternative flag at a formal event.

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Nick Jonas — damned if he does

Posted by Philip on 4 February 2016, 9:59 am in , , , , ,

Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers is being accused of 'gay-baiting’ his LGBT fans to further his career by regularly partying in gay bars and performing at a number of Pride events all around America, according to the Gay Times.

The star told Complex:

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Real-ising diversity – why polarity no longer works

Posted by Philip on 5 January 2016, 9:58 am in , , , , , , , , , ,

Update 6 January 2016

According to the NZ Herald, "the woman who says she had her teeth knocked out for speaking Te Reo outside an Auckland karaoke bar has been charged with assault alongside her alleged attacker." A police statement said, "The version of events given by the 46-year-old female is not substantiated by this footage."

A woman was punched in the face and lost five teeth on New Year's Eve, because she spoke Te Reo. She said, "Ka kite ano (see you later)," to friends, then was sworn and shouted at by a man for being "palagi" and speaking Māori. When she challenged him back, he attacked her.

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