Why Being Gay Is the Best Choice I Never Made

It’s an implication we’ve heard thrown around by so many, so often – that being gay is a “choice”, to which the response from so many is “why would I choose this?” 

“If you had the choice”, they say, “would you choose a life of oppression, discrimination, harassment, inequality, abandonment, and vastly increased risk of developing mental health issues, over a comfortable picture-perfect life of opening car doors on cringe-and-swoon first dates, big white weddings and gorgeous biological children?”

Don’t get me wrong – this is a great way to kick back at all the nasties of the world, but it is a completely negative rhetoric, and one we need to ditch. Continue reading

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10 most dubious New Years Honours

The New Year always brings, amongst other things, the New Years Honours List. Most of these are great – amazing figures in local communities doing amazing things, or long-suffering civil servants and high-flying diplomats being rewarded for something about ‘British interests’.

But inevitably, Christmas ends, and that bit of gravy left in the fridge for a week begins to look more and more shifty. Which is weirdly like the New Years Honours List. As such, we rounded up ten of the most dubious offerings from Her Majesty at this time of year. Here goes.

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Scotland Has Voted No, But What Does This Mean For Our Young People Across The UK?

The results are in, and Scotland has decided: the United Kingdom will remain united.

There’s been lots of noise about the way in which the referendum has engaged young people in politics, both by enfranchising 16 and 17 year olds in the voting process, and in offering a real alternative to business-as-usual party politics.

With everyone from prime ministers to protest party leaders putting in a pitch about what the referendum result means for the future of the UK, the question of how to best bring together our four nations is more pressing than ever. Why not ask those who’ll be most affected by whatever changes (or lack thereof) are coming our way? Continue reading

Plymouth University To Spend £150,000 On Seven Chairs

Plymouth University is reportedly set to spend £150,000 on seven custom-made chairs, the latest in a series of scandals at the university.

The plush ceremonial chairs, commissioned by the university for its graduation ceremonies, are set to be designed by celebrated furniture designer John Makepeace, awarded an OBE in 1988 for services to furniture design.

A senior staff member told the Plymouth Herald the £150,000 chairs were “a very bespoke, specialist design based on a number of meetings” and is likely to be made of “leather, wood, and aluminium”. Continue reading

Meet The Young British Muslims Rejecting ISIS With Their #NotInMyName Campaign

A group of young British Muslims has launched a campaign to reject ISIS, whose violent acts in recent weeks have drawn international condemnation.

Led by East London-based charity Active Change Foundation, #notinmyname gives a voice to young muslims in the UK who have come together against the hate and violence espoused by the terror group.

The campaign’s website states that “ISIS is hiding behind a false Islam”, with the members insisting ISIS’ beliefs are “nothing to do with what we stand for”. Continue reading

14 Ways To Know You’re A Cambridge Student

The University of Cambridge is supposed to be one of the most prestigious Universities in the world. After all, the most recent rankings put it in second place worldwide.

Even if you have passed the notoriously tough criteria and got in, then you may think the offer letter and the A-level grades make you a Cambridge student – but you’d be wrong.

There’s only one way to know for sure whether you are a real Cambridge student: read our list and see if you’re up to the challenge of the Bridge; the Bubble; the Camalam; the Big C (we could go on).

  1. The idea of walking more than 10 minutes to get anywhere horrifies you. Continue reading