Category Archives: Resources

Reflections on a recent visit to the museum of slavery in Liverpool.

Authors: Merry Fowler and Rob Fowler Anti Racist Cumbria members and volunteers. Merry and her dad Rob visited the International Museum of Slavery in Liverpool in February 2022. In this special guest article they share their reflections and insights of their recent trip. Content warning: This article contains some upsetting imagery from the museum.  Merry […]

How you can authentically support LGBT+ communities and anti-racism

Author: Chimwemwe Chirwa Terminology used:  the term colourism is defined by oxford dictionary as; prejudice or discrimination against individuals with a dark skin tone, typically among people of the same ethnic or racial group. The term intersectional/intersectionality is defined by the Oxford dictionary as; the network of connections between social categories such as race, class […]

The N*Word

**Content warning: this article deals with the use of the N word and in doing so uses it in full on a number of occasions as well as sharing lived experiences by people who have been called it. The article also includes a homophobic slur. There are also descriptions and images depicting enslaved people. ** […]

Queer global majority stories you need to know

Author: Chimwemwe Chirwa Content Warning: sexual assault and murder   The LGBT+ rights movements in the US and Europe are well documented. Although the same can’t be said for UK LGBT+ rights movement. Historic England in their ‘who’s included?’ report on the UK LGBT+ rights movement explains how some identities, groups and periods have been better […]

A rainbow pride flag has a central overlay of a black circle which reveals a clenched fist which has a rainbow that represents different skin tones.

Racism and Homophobia and how both communities need to support each other

Author: Chimwemwe Chirwa For this LBGT+ history month I’m looking at racism and homophobia. As a mixed-heritage working-class lesbian, I’ve taken a deep dive into what it’s like being a queer member of the Global Majority in society offering personal reflections and looking at how cultural norms impact the lives of queer non-White people. Terminology […]

LGBTQ+ History

  AUTHOR: Chimwemwe Chirwa   How and Why LGBTQ+ History is Hidden To understand how and why much of LGBTQ+ history has been forced underground we must recognise how systems of power such as religion, laws and legislations, language, and documentation from historians has shaped and influenced how much of LGBTQ+ history is visible and […]

Beyond the Black Pound Report

NEW RESEARCH has found that British businesses are missing out on up to £4.5 billion each year by overlooking Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic consumers.  The landmark Black Pound Report 2022 which was created and published by Lydia Amoah, Founder and CEO of BACKLIGHT, was released on January 31st. It found that ‘multi-ethnic’ consumers, (the […]

17 Books to Start your Anti-Racist Journey

These books are a great place to begin or strengthen your anti-racist journey. 1. This is Why I Resist: Don’t Define My Black Identity Urgent and uncompromising, Mos-Shogbamimu’s passionate polemic against the enduring prevalence of systemic racism examines all areas of the issue, from white ingratitude to performative allyship, in a fearless, eloquent call for […]

Anti Racist Advent

This December on the run up to Christmas, we’ve been sharing daily ideas, new perspectives and thinking points around becoming anti-racist. If you missed them, don’t worry, we’ve shared all 24 below and added some further notes to give a broader insight for each point. Don’t treat your journey to becoming anti-racist as an act […]

How to have conversations with your family when you are “So Woke”.

Chances are if you’re reading this, you’re probably what the mainstream media would label as ‘Woke’.  But what does that word even mean, and where did it come from? In the 60’s it was mentioned by The New York Times in an article titled “phrases and words you might hear today in Harlem”, but the […]