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Online event: LGBTI+ Rural life during COVID-19

Dear Friend,
you are invited to the event LGBTI + Rural life during COVID-19.

Evidence suggests that the disproportionately high incidence of poor mental health within the LGBTI+ population living rurally is due to prejudice, isolation and minority stress. Prejudice and lack of inclusion is experienced in social life, the public sector, work life and school. Evidence shows that service provision is not meeting the needs of LGBTI+ people in rural areas in Scotland. This lack of provision leads to feelings of isolation and lack of visibility. 

We know that these are big issues with significant impact on the community, and Covid 19 has potentially made things worse. 

We want to ensure that LGBTI people living rurally are heard when it comes to social, economic and community recovery. 

Please join us on the 17th of September at 6pm. For an online event to allow for open and safe discussion around LGBTI inclusion and equality. Open to all LGBTI people who live and work within rural spaces, who would like to share their experiences in order to see improvements made.
Event details    
Thursday, September 17, 2020 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM  
Online Event:
Register at https://www.outsavvy.com/event/5033/lgbti-rural-life-during-covid-19-tickets      
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Book your tickets below. We hope to see you there!

Yours for equality,

Rebecca Crowther, Ph.D
Policy Coordinator
Copyright © 2019 Equality Network. All rights reserved.

Time to say Goodbye

This is not an easy post for me to write and it may be a little disjointed.

For the past four years I’ve been one of the Coordinators of our local transgender support organisation, a position which has meant so much to me because of the good that has been achieved by the group and the help that we have been able to provide to so many people at various stages of their journeys of discovery and awareness.

Unfortunately, due to personal difficulties that I have, I realised about eighteen months ago that this work was becoming too much for me and I made it clear that I needed to step down and hand over to someone who would be able to cope better with the demands of the position. That change never happened, and then along came Covid-19.

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Overweight? Unhealthy? Puffed? Need an easy start to exercise? Take inspiration from this young man

As a result my accident in 2006 I suffered a mild traumatic brain injury which still affects my daily life even now.

As part of my recovery and rehabilitation process I joined up with Fife Headway, the local branch of the Headway brain injury association and, although my injury didn’t affect me in physical ways, I met a lot of people there with quite serious mobility and motabily issues. As a result of that my views on disabilities changed dramatically as I now have a far greater understanding of the issues involved.

The current lock down and restrictions imposed upon us over the past few months have resulted in a dramatic increase in weight due to “comfort eating” and, added to my circulation problems which cause me such pain in my feet, I was starting to wonder how I was ever going to be able to get into an exercise routine that was suitable for me. It would have to be something that I can do easily, especially to start with, as I’m now so lacking in muscle mass too from lack of exercise over the recent months.

Just by chance the following video appeared today in my YouTube recommended list and upon starting to watch it I immediately knew that I would be able to learn from it.

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A fresh view on gender stereotypes

I’ve not posted for a few days because despite trying to keep you all boosted up during the current pandemic I fell into a slump myself due to all this prolonged isolation. During this time I have, however, continued to research things that I consider you might enjoy and happened upon this very clever little film which looks at gender stereotypes from a “reversed” viewpoint.

I do encourage you to watch it right through to the point at which the credits start. 😀

 

Thank you

It’s time to say a big “Thank You” to all our front line workers.

Answers to yesterday’s quiz are below the video.

 

The people or characters who said these quotes were …

  1. “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” Henry Ford
  2. “You’re mad, bonkers, off your head! But I’ll tell you a secret: all the best people are.” Alice (Alice in Wonderland)
  3. “You’re never too old to be young” Snow White
  4. “Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm” Winston Churchill
  5. “The best way to predict the future is to create it” Abraham Lincoln
  6. “My momma always said, ‘Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get’.” Forrest Gump
  7. “If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first” Mark Twain
  8. “Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life” J. K. Rowling

Stay safe.

Seems like we’re in quiz mode!

Firstly the answer to yesterday’s anagram question.

The 30 other words of four or more letters that can be made from the word “GENDER” are … gerned, edger, ender, erned, genre, gerne, greed, green, deen, deer, dene, dere, dern, dree, dreg, edge, eger, ered, erne, geed, gene, gere, gree, gren, need, nerd, rede, reed, reen, rend.

Today’s lockdown time-passer … famous quotes!

Talking Silhouette

Which well known people or charcters said the following?

  1. “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”
  2. “You’re mad, bonkers, off your head! But I’ll tell you a secret: all the best people are.”
  3. “You’re never too old to be young”
  4. “Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm”
  5. “The best way to predict the future is to create it”
  6. “My momma always said, ‘Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get’.”
  7. “If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first”
  8. “Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life”

Stay safe.

While we’re in the mood for quizzing …

Firstly the answers to yesterday’s quiz.

The cities, in order, were: Moscow, Chicago, London, Cape Town, Rio de Janeiro and Sydney.

Not too difficult, was it?

Today to pass the time during lockdown we’re in anagram mode.

jumbled letters

There are 30 other words of 4 or more letters that can be made from the word “GENDER”.

Without recourse to the internet (or any other form of cheating … 😉 ), how many can you find?

Full list tomorrow.

Stay safe.