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Coming Out As Gay

The next time a high-profile footballer, like former German international Thomas Hitzlsperger, comes out as gay, I’d like our collective response to be along the lines of, “That’s just great. Good for you,” and for that to be the end of it. Coming out and declaring that you’re not like the heterosexual majority (not that […]

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Caitlin Moran – a step too far?

It’s easy to find things that annoy you on Twitter but I view it mostly as a place for discussion and debate, not always with the people whose views I share and often with those with whom I have little in common.

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Rotherham and UKIP Fostering Debate

If I were so minded, I could probably write a blog every day on the subject of racism and the frequency with which accusations of racism are made by one party, only to be swiftly denied by another,

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The riots – a year on and Mark Duggan remembered

I don’t remember exactly where I was when the riots broke out but I do remember my immediate thoughts on hearing the

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The 2012 Olympics and the genius of Danny Boyle

I hate being told what to do, how to feel, what to like and dislike, so the constant refrain from parts of the media and all parts of the government

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Mary Seacole

I would never have heard of Mary Seacole were it not for Black History Month, the one time in the year when black achievement is given centre stage.

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Tweeting for success – part one

The tweeting for success seminar at last year’s London Book Fair was hugely popular and I made it into the room by the skin of my teeth.

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Diane Abbott and racism

But for one word, the twitter storm surrounding Diane Abbott would have come to nothing. If she had just qualified her tweet

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Playing the race card

The term ‘playing the race card’ is often used to minimise the experience and consequences of racism,

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