December 2016 #4PUF

Ciao!

As per usual, here is my #4PUF selection for the month just past:

(4/4) This would also help radiographers justify requests! The more info you give, the easier it is to justify them! @SCoRMembers #4PUF “PLEASE Referring clinicians, put all the clinical history on your imaging requests!! It can make such a difference when we report them!”

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(3/4) To quote a former Prime Minister, “Education, education, education.” #LGBTI+ #4PUF “95% of young people don’t learn about LGBT relationships at school. That’s simply not good enough.” http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/schoolboy-killed-himself-shortly-after-9498762?ICID=FB_mirror_mainzenon-bartlett

(2/4) Do you think you might be able to help someone and #EndLoneliness? #befriending @age_uk @TheSilverLineUK #4PUF “We loved meeting Roy this morning: he’s been suffering from loneliness since his wife died but an @Age_UK befriending service has helped…” https://twitter.com/BBCBreakfast/status/805715104322887680

(1/4) Take a look at this #WhereIsDisfigurement campaign from @FaceEquality #EqualityandInclusion #4PUF “Yesterday we launched our #WhereIsDisfigurement campaign. Have you taken a look yet?” http://qoo.ly/ci2mmchangingfaces

That’s your lot for 2016 folks – more #4PUFs to follow in the coming year!

Thanks for reading, watching and listening!

Ben

#TOTW (x 15) #EandDWeek – Spotlight on Equality & Diversity

Ciao!

Well another week goes by and yet another feature week draws to a close. I have recently taken responsibility for equality and diversity (E&D) in our department at work and have also joined ‘Equalise’ – the Society and College of Radiographers group that oversees matters relating to E&D. I have always had an interest in such matters, but only more recently decided to take an active role in educating myself – and hopefully others on E&D. As my regular followers amongst you will know, I frequently post on LGBTI+ matters, but in this feature week I wanted to cover other areas including disability and deaf awareness. Now I could have a feature week for each of the areas – age, race, religion, disability, LGBTI+ etc and maybe at some point in the future I will. However, the purpose of this week was to shine a light on E&D and hopefully provide some interesting links for people to read. I hope I have succeeded!

As per at the end of a feature week, below is all the content relating to the feature – that being #EandDWeek with the focus of matters relating to equality and diversity:

  • The law as it stands expects a gay man to refrain from sex for a year before being allowed to donate blood. #Equality? 👎 #EandDWeek #LGBTI+ Huge thanks to @Mike_Fabricant for raising the “madness” that gay men cannot donate blood without 12 months celibacy in the House of Commons
  • To abuse a person due to their race, colour, religion or sexuality is a #HateCrime. Simple as that 😔 #NoPlaceForHate #EandDWeek @SCoRMembers It’s #HateCrimeAwarenessWeek. Find out more about #hatecrime and how to report it: https://www.gov.uk/report-hate-crime #NoPlaceForHate
  • (2/2) Covered this pm were possible motions for the Annual Delegates Conference next April. ADC here I come! 👍@SCoRMembers #EandDWeek
  • (1/2) @SCoRMembers #equalityanddiversity mtg over – a really interesting & productive one it was too! 👍Thanks to @peterhiggs5 #EandDWeek
  • Topics covered so far at the meeting include the @SCoRMembers transgender guide, FGM, & mgmt awareness of #equalityanddiversity #EandDWeek
  • Meeting of Equalise – the @SCoRMembers group looking at matters relating to #equalityanddiversity is now in session! 👍☺️ #EandDWeek
  • On a 🚄 waiting to depart at 0600hrs London-bound for a meeting on equality & diversity with fellow @SCoRMembers #BetterBeGood! 😂  #EandDWeek
  • Tomorrow brings a new feature week, focussing on matters relating to equality & diversity. It shall be known as #EandDWeek 👍@SCoRMembers

 

Until the next feature week then, please as ever…

#ReadLearnShare

Ben 🙂

 

#TOTW from 05-10-16 ‘#Intersex: celebrating the beauty in difference.’

Ciao!

Here we are again folks, with yet another week having passed us by! This week i’m giving a second chance to my tweet from Wednesday about what it means to be intersex, and so my #TOTW is:

“…the immediate work to be done is to educate people on what it means to be .” +http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/intersex-celebrating-the-beauty-in-difference-a7339656.html

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“Human bodies don’t all fit the binary system of male and female. It’s not freaky, it’s just something that happens. It’s nature.”

Now it is a long article, but one I feel is worth the effort. I enjoyed reading it, and came out the the other end of it knowing more than I did before!

Go on, give it a go! #ReadLearnShare

Ben x

September #4PUF

Ciao!

Here we are again for my monthly selection that is #4PUF – 4 Previously Untweeted Favourites. One favourite (aka like!) from each week of the month that I haven’t retweeted or written about already:

(4/4) Think it’s easy to have the physical body that doesn’t match who you really are? Think again! +  https://tranzgendr.com/the-man-inside/ the-man-inside

(3/4) Do you know how to sign? Why not learn to ask ?  howareyou

 

(2/4) I am sure some people reading this either have issues or know someone that does

 

As always, I hope that you will #ReadLearnShare!
Be happy!
Ben 🙂

July #4PUF

Ciao!

Something I don’t always remember/get time to do is publish my  4 Previously Untweeted Favourites at the end of each month, but this month I have! It’s a chance for me to pick a tweet from each week of the moth that I have favourited (now “loved”) for one reason or another. They usually reflect my interests, and last month was no different, with the topics being LGBTI+, cancer, mental health and assisted dying:

(4/4) Meet Chalice – the first  superherosuperherohttps://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/jul/04/first-transgender-superhero-chalice-alters-aftershock

(3/4) We want to see 75% of eligible people taking up invitations for bowel cancer screening

(2/4) Too many people are made to feel ashamed because of a mental health problem. Our new video:

(1/4) What can other countries’ experiences tell us about what might happen in Britain if assisted dying were legalised? http://www.kingsfund.org.uk/reports/thenhsif/what-if-assisted-dying-legalised/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_term=thekingsfund

Hopefully you’ll find all of them informative and fingers crossed, interesting too!

As ever, thanks for reading.

#ReadLearnShare

Ben 🙂

#TOTW from 12-07-16 ‘Sex Ed in 2016 #SRE #LGBTI+ #EndTheSilence’

Ciao!

I think the tweet I have chosen for my #TOTW from last week seemed to slip under the radar and didn’t get noticed, so i’m putting it out there again with a bit of fanfare to hopefully get it a bit more attention!

“wholly unfit to prepare them for the realities of sex & relationships in 2016″ + ?

“Three-quarters of young people are not taught about sexual consent, while one in seven said they did not receive any sex and relationship education (SRE) at all, and 95% said they were not taught about LGBT relationships…and that where SRE is taught, young people said it was usually limited to biological topics such as reproduction, body parts and heterosexual sex.”

Now I know when I speak from personal experience we are going back to the late 80s but this was certainly the case for me. It was totally about heterosexual sex, and I don’t recall any discussion on sexuality, merely the mechanics of reproduction. It seems like things have improved since then, but from reading the article above it would appear that where it does take place, sex education still has a long way to go in schools to give children the information, reassurance and confidence they need:

  • Just 5% of young people who said they received SRE were taught about LGBT sex and relationships, while 97% believed it should be LGBT-inclusive.

The above findings form the report just go to show that young people want to learn more about sex and relationships and themselves believe that LGBT should be a part of that.

Seems pretty simple to me. It’s a matter of equality. Make it happen!

Cheers,

Ben 🙂

#TOTW from 03-6-16 ‘#LGBTI+’

Ciao!

Good week? Weekend? Hope so! Now I popped this tweet out on Friday afternoon and I don’t think it was seen by as many people as I think it should be seen by – hence my choice for #TOTW is:

Know what they mean?

As I said in my reply to the tweet, a lot of people may not feel that this is important and fair enough, each to their own. I however, would respectfully disagree. It *IS* important if you are one of the minority groups that is trying to get your message out there and to educate others as to who you are and how you feel.

The link above takes you to a really good webpage that explains the whole abbreviation thing and how it has evolved. I too used to think that we should stop at ‘LGBT’ and the other minority groups would come under that umbrella. However, as I have learnt more about the issues of equality and diversity, I feel that it is important to represent the ever-growing number of individuals that do not feel they are either lesbian, gay, bi, transgender or intersex. This we can most easily and fairly do I believe, by adding either a ‘+’ or a ‘*’ after the the abbreviation LGBTI – hence giving you the title of this blog!

It would be great if we lived in a world where a person’s gender and or sexuality wasn’t an issue. However, we don’t, and so it is important that people of a minority group feel suitably represented. Agree or disagree, but thanks for taking the time to read it 🙂

#ReadLearnShare

Ben 🙂

#4PUF – What’s it all about?

Hey!

Happy Bank Holiday to those of you in the UK, and just happy Monday to those of you who aren’t!

Those of you that follow me on Twitter or Facebook might have seen that I retweeted a number of tweets this morning. At or near the end of each month I pick one tweet that I have liked from each week of the month and retweet them with the hashtag #4PUF4 Previously Untweeted Favourites. Now of course Twitter went and changed favourites to Likes, but hey…i’m not changing my hashtag! LOL!

Here are last months #4PUFs:

Proud to support – the campaign for LGBT inclusive sex education

about . Still working hard to reduce . Download our free for info & tips xgrassroots

: Just 3% of total govt health spending worldwide is for

All I want for my birthday is awareness PLEASE RTpancreatic

As you can see, the topics I like/favourite are pretty much the ones I tweet and blog about. There are just so many good articles out there its impossible to read/retweet/like them all!

I hope you enjoy reading them.

Ben 🙂

 

#TOTW from 11-02-16 ‘Is the world finally waking up to intersex rights?’

Ciao!

So I guess before you think of an answer to the question posed above, a more appropriate one would be, ‘have you heard of intersex?’ If so, what do you know? This week’s #TOTW is a great article about intersex with some facts and figures about how many intersex people there are:

“For about one in 2,000 people binary notions of male and female are particularly problematic”

One of the most striking passages from the article I found was:

“For about one in 2,000 people binary notions of male and female are particularly problematic. Research has found between 0.05% and 1.7% of the global population (pdf) are born with intersex traits – biological sex characteristics that don’t conform to typical notions of male or female. The upper estimation is around the same number of red haired people, yet intersex people are far less visible.”

Another striking (and pretty sad) quote I thought was:

complete indifference [is shown] to life-threatening genital mutilations and infanticide that intersex children suffer”.

Read the full article and make your own mind up. Even though i’ve tweeted about intersex before, I wasn’t aware of the stats and the torture that children in some countries go through. It’s pretty upsetting to be honest, but a worthwhile read and one that will hopefully provide you with a basic understanding of how difficult it is for those people that don’t fit into the rigid male/female label we like to assign at birth.

As always – thank for reading!

Ben 🙂

#GoLearn

#TOTW from 08-06-15 ‘Why letters _re dis_ppe_ring fr_m r__dsigns _r_und the UK’

Greetings – from the usual timeslot!

This week’s #TOTW is:

What a great campaign! My blood is ready and waiting when drag themselves into the 21st century!

This week saw the start of a great new campaign from NHS Blood and Transport for National Blood Week, by taking blood-type letters out of street signs, famous place names etc, “as part of a campaign urging people to donate desperately-needed blood.”

Desperately-needed blood eh? Well, it’s not so desperately-needed that they will change the rules in order to allow gay men to donate blood, unless that is we abstain from sex for a year! It really does frustrate, upset and indeed anger me that I am not allowed to donate my perfectly healthy blood just because I am gay. Seriously though, we are living in the 21st century aren’t we?! If so, would people who have influence please inform NHS Blood and Transport of this and we could start to rectify the chronic blood shortage in the UK.

This is a topic about which I will be tweeting/retweeting and blogging more of in the future, as it is an injustice I feel strongly enough about to get the message out there. Discrimination still exists in the UK based on sexual orientation. This is simply unacceptable in this day and age and NEEDS to change!

Thank you, as always, for taking the time to read. Please reblog, retweet, share or do whatever you can to spread this message and hopefully in the not too distant future this is something that we can put an end to.

Ben