D H Kelly

Broken Rainbow Helpline loses funding

The Broken Rainbow Helpline which provides support for LGBT victims of domestic abuse has lost its government funding and may be forced to close. D H Kelly explores why lesbian, bisexual and trans* women who are abused might struggle to get support ...

Are fat people disabled?

The European Court of Human Justice has ruled that, in some circumstances, fat people will be able to use disability discrimination law to respond to discrimination. D H Kelly examines whether fat people can be described as disabled ...

Sex, lies and statistics

As the Guardian publishes its British Sex Survey 2014, D H Kelly looks at some unlikely statistics and their influence on women's attitude to their own sexuality ...
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Reluctant Women

D H Kelly explores what being a cisgender woman means and doesn't mean and how a failure to acknowledge our own, often complicated, gender identities can lead us to let down our trans sisters ...

Sexual assault allegations and attention seeking

Since Vanessa Feltz spoke of Rolf Harris putting his hand up her dress during an interview, she has been subject to a torrent of abuse, including the idea that she is seeking attention. D H Kelly explores this common accusation towards victims of sexual assault ...

On mothers-in-law

I came to the prospect of having a mother-in-law with some trepidation. At a point in my life when I was bruised and weary, I expected my then-boyfriend's mother to disapprove of me on sight. When that didn't happen, I waited for it to occur. By the time I realised we were going to be okay, we had become family. ...

Why does disability make people more vulnerable to domestic abuse?

Before I came to terms with my own experience of domestic violence, I might have imagined that vulnerability to abuse would be about being attracted to a certain "type", being a little self-destructive,submissive or gullible. If I knew that disabled people were twice as vulnerable to abuse, I might have imagined that this was because disability throws up a load of stressful situations and - as I could testify - people like me were hard to live with. In fact, how vulnerable you are might be better understood as the number of excuses an abuser could find to mistreat and control you. ...

A Looker Wins The Booker

This week, Eleanor Catton became the youngest ever winner of the Man Booker Prize with her epic novel The Luminaries. At only 28, there was bound to be some comment about the age of the author, but the Times seemed to forget that this was a literary prize. ...

D H Kelly

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D H Kelly is a writer who buys bird food in bulk