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Worthy of Love?

“You’re trans right?” I freeze, my breath is caught mid-intake. I deliberate my response while continuing to stare up at the bright blue summer sky. I’m exhausted from last night’s celebrations, or poor beverage choices, depending on your perspective. Two consecutive days of Pride celebrations was never going to work out well but it turns ...

Not because you can, but because you must.

When you first applied you thought that there wasn’t a hope, not a hope, not a hope, that they’d see you and think that you’re worth anything, that you’d ever fit in.  “They don’t take people like you…” A friend of yours warns, “It’s only private school kids with their foot in the door.”  Not ...

A story

You left me It gets dark and lonely  You were my one and only  I grieved and drowned in my own tears, sadly He came and dressed the wounds of my heart, patiently  I found him with that sweet harmony  For once, my eyes rested peacefully  He came with that tasteful melody  Shamed by my ...

Being Black stops me from speaking my truths…

Being Black stops me from speaking my truthsFor the fear of rejection or loss Being Black stops me from being me,always trying to fit into their nice quiet box “He might not be the best at his job, but he’ll do”Increased my workload and told me I had to be 100% – “Evel, you’ve got ...

Not Black Enough for Me

T/W mention of paedophilia/ child exploitation “I’m really sorry Rico, this just isn’t working out. I like Black men – real Black men with dreadlocks and tattoos, so I don’t think you’re my type.” I raise an eyebrow. Okay, stop.  No seriously, I’m good.  You can put that small violin anyway now.  This happened to ...

Britain’s “education” system

Britain’s education system is a breeding ground in which the norms and values of White privilege are reinforced and reproduced through the ethnocentric curriculum. In this piece, I will examine and draw parallels between my interactions and facts/figures referenced from the book that sparked my metamorphosis as a Black male in Britain – ‘Natives: Race ...

For me, being Black is…

For me, being Black is… Being resilient despite what we go through, Beautifully Black.  Being Black is knowing your role and responsibilities, Beautifully Black.  Embodying the strength of generations that paved the way for our future, Beautifully Black.  Being strong yet vulnerable, Beautifully Black.  Having gorgeous cocoa skin, Beautifully Black.  Having the experience and history ...

Condoms and Thrush Cream

Well, if you find the words “thrush cream” uncomfortable, then this article probably isn’t for you. I’ve got a dry sense of humour as you’ll soon discover. It’s odd being mid-transition. For those of you who are new to the terminology, trans guy means I was assigned female at birth but I am a guy. Not ...

Why We Need to Decolonise the Medical Curriculum

The rise of the COVID-19 pandemic across the world has seemingly highlighted institutional failings of healthcare organisations to provide equal care to all people. Reports and articles have been published displaying the disproportionate rates of COVID-19 deaths in Black communities. According to the Office of National Statistics data, black men are 4.2 times more likely ...

What does being Black mean to you?

Growing up Black can sometimes feel like the world doesn’t understand you, doesn’t represent, nor stand by you. Being Black is something built in our culture, kindness and mindset and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Being Black is inspiring. Being Black is beautiful. Being Black is artistry. – Miriam King Name: Miriam King ...