Queer Kids Stuff: Breaking down for kids what it means to be LGBT

When you see it for yourself, it seems like such an obvious idea that is long overdue. This new web series explains what it means to be LGBT in simple language for young children. “Queer Kids Stuff“ is created and produced by Lindsey Amer and is intended to start conversations between kids and adults in a

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Why don’t I fit in at school?

As we all return to school, some of us are also seeing the return of that awful sinking associated with the dread of having to exist in a  place where we have never felt like we can be ourselves. So many of us just don’t feel like we fit in at school. We can find

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My Trans Diary: Hollywood has a Trans Problem

Hollywood has a Trans problem. Just after my last article went online, it was announced that actor Matthew Bomer would play a female trans sex worker in the adaptation of stage play Anything for the big screen. Too often this is the case with Hollywood films dealing with trans experiences. We are resigned to either

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Spotlight on Spots (see what we did there?)

Our resident GP, Dr Sharon loves talking about this stuff. Don’t read whilst eating folks! What are spots?? They are basically blocked pores which get infected with bacteria and make red raised lumps on our skin. Around puberty- from age 10 onwards your skin produces more oil or sebum because of your changing hormones. This blocks the

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Happy Roald Dahl Day!

Okay, it was yesterday, and we missed it. But, in our defence, we think every day should be Roald Dahl Day. Dahl instilled a love of books in hundreds of thousands of kids and inspired many to of his readers to become the writers we read today. In his honour, this is our favourite quote, our

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Well Done Instagram

Big news from Instagram today, they are blocking the haters! Haters are something none of us should have to worry about, and should pay no heed, as negative comments say more about the commenters than the commentees. Instagram CEO and co-founder Kevin Systrom announced today on the platform that Instagram has implemented new tools to

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10 things FLOTUS wants girls to know.

Michelle Obama is a legend. Fact. Everything she says is simple and relatable, and she never sounds preachy. Here are some of the best pieces of advice she has shared for girls…. 1. “There is no boy, at this age, cute enough or interesting enough to stop you from getting an education. If I had

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Dr James Barry: The woman who lived as a man.

As she prepared the body of one of the most respected doctors of the 19th century, a charwoman, made a discovery that would shock and embarrass the medical profession. Dr James Barry was in, fact, a girl. During a time when women were barred from attending medical school, Margaret Bulkley, aged 14, from Co Cork,

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5 Apps you NEED for School.

You know that phones are not just good for sending your friend snaps of you doing ‘pigface’, right? Although those are always funny. There are lots of apps out there to help you study, we have picked the best ones for you. Sraith Pictiúr (iPad/iPhone, Android, free) Ah the oul Sraith, impossible repitition of stories you’ll be hearing

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Sia’s new video will make you cry.

Sia has just released the video for her new single, “The Greatest,” which features Kendrick Lamar, which is apparantly a tribute to the victims of the shooting which took place in Pulse Nightclub, Orlando earlier this year. Directed by Sia and Daniel Askill and choreographed by Ryan Heffington, the video stars Maddie Ziegler, who we

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Urgent: You HAVE to watch this Kenzo ad!

A perfume ad is a perfume ad, am I right? A pretty lady runs through a meadow/jungle/abandoned city pouting at the camera while wisps of her hair float softly around her perfect face. A man in a suit/white shirt/linen trouser combo/ his scunders sees her from afar and is instantly transfixed by her. Their eyes meet. It’s

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Whats the Story with Brock Turner?

At 1am, on  January 17th 2015, two cyclists came across Brock Turner having sex with an unconscious girl behind a dumpster on the grounds of Standford University. His victim remembers nothing and was informed that she was raped when she woke up in hospital. He was found guilty and on June 2nd, Judge Persky sentenced Turner to

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Want Clothes for free? Have a clothes swap!

In our dreams we all would have a wardrobe system much like Cher from  ‘Clueless’ . I mean …as if! In order to completely refresh your wardrobe, and have a really great girlie night, why don’t you and your friends host a clothes swap? We were involved in one a few years ago and went

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Hey Doc: Whats the deal with periods?

Ah periods. What a dose. We all have questions and some of us don’t know who to ask. Luckily, we have Dr Sharon here who will talk about literally anything. Why do we get periods? When girls are born they normally have a uterus [womb], 2 fallopian tubes and 2 ovaries- one left and one

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My Trans Diary

We have a new columnist here at Shona. Alexandra Day has offered to write us regular pieces about her journey, her life, her family, and her opinions. Oh Hey Alexandra! Tell us about Yourself??? My name is Alexandra Day and I am a transwoman but that is not all I am. Perhaps a slightly pretentious

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How Not to Help a Friend Who is Feeling Down

This post was written on Your Mental Health. We thought it was worth sharing….. When someone is feeling down or going through a tough time, it’s important to take them seriously and to give them some space to explain what is going on for them, and how they feel about it.  Avoid responses which reject

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Selena Takes Time to Look after her Mental Health

Yesterday, Selena Gomez announced that she will be taking a break from her career to take the time to focus on her mental health. In October 2015, Selena told her fans that she had been diagnosed with Lupus and was undergoing chemotherapy, saying at the time: Thank you to all my fans for your support. You

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