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Phyll Opoku-Gyimah is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of UK Black Pride, and Head of Campaigns at the largest civil service trade union. Here she tells 1000women about recognising intersectionality and learning to love your authentic self. In anything that leaves people disadvantaged, marginalised, or depressed,

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Hosanna's husband passed away after being diagnosed with HIV in Zimbabwe. HIV-positive herself, she has since moved to the UK and founded Hwupenyu Health and Wellbeing in Glasgow, a support service for people living with HIV and other health conditions. Here she relates the second

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Hamida was raised in Liverpool within the Pathan community, one of the largest ethnic groups from Afghanistan. She is a feminist lesbian and activist, and currently instructs self defense to women and girls in California. Here she relates how she was brought up in a

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Ravina was born in the UK and is of Indian descent. She identifies as a Sikh lesbian, having ended her marriage with a non-British man. My story started when I developed an attraction to the same sex in secondary school. I had no exposure to the gay

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Phyll Opoku-Gyimah is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of UK Black Pride, and Head of Campaigns at the largest civil service trade union. Here she describes the demands on her time, and how important it is to take stock and self-care. Burnout and self-care are quite

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Alice (not real name) and her eleven-year old son came to the UK from Burundi in 2000. Shortly after, she was diagnosed with HIV. She now lives in Glasgow, and says the only time she thinks about her disease is for two minutes a day,

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Rachel is a postgraduate neuroscientist, and was the Vice President for Welfare and Community at King’s College London in 2015-16. She has a background in student activism and has previously held positions as a women’s officer at university. This year, we held an open forum with

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Yvonne is a single lesbian mother who was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia over two decades ago. She now works for charity Thames Reach, and has also worked as a gay rights campaigner for more than thirty years. I’ve been a lesbian since I left school. I

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Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, known as Lady Phyll, is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of UK Black Pride, and Head of Campaigns at the largest civil service trade union. She describes herself as a politically engaged activist and ally for anyone who is experiencing discrimination and injustice. When

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Sana was born in Pakistan and moved to Birmingham in 2005, after being forced into marriage. She identifies as a lesbian and is currently living in London as an asylum seeker. Back in Karachi, Pakistan, my mum never had time for me. Our house was male-dominated

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