NEW ACTIVISTS

Sep 01, 2017

New Activists is a daily docu-reality series following the lives of young people who are changing the world. They are loud on social media, they are marching on the streets and they are challenging the status quo. In this new ten week series, we’ll follow their lives as they campaign for the causes that matter to them.

My Media Storm Has Only Made Me More Determined To Get My Message Out To The World

Munroe Bergdorf - anti-racism activist

My Media Storm Has Only Made Me More Determined To Get My Message Out To The World

Two weeks ago... the rug was somewhat pulled out from under my feet, when I was spectacularly dropped as one of the faces of L'Oreal's True Match foundation campaign.

This came in response to a Facebook post that was written a month prior, in which I called out white supremacy, systemic racism and white privilege.

This post was screenshotted, taken out of context and sent to the Daily Mail.

The post then went viral, as I was the first transgender model to be signed to the brand in the UK.

It then became worldwide news...

Together We Can Change Society And Beat Bullying Once And For All

Liam Hackett - Founder of Ditch the Label and anti-bullying activist

Together We Can Change Society And Beat Bullying Once And For All
I'm no stranger to the issue of bullying. In fact, I experienced it throughout most of my childhood. At its worst, I was admitted, covered in blood to hospital to have stitches in my face after having my head rammed repeatedly into a car bonnet. Growing up for me was tough. I barely had any friends, I experienced verbal and physical bullying on the daily and was the first generation to experience online abuse too.

How I’m Tackling Transphobia, One Manicure At A Time

Charlie Craggs, founder of Nail Transphobia and trans activist

How I’m Tackling Transphobia, One Manicure At A Time

I began my campaign as I began my transition, about four years now, and I basically travel around the UK to galleries, museums, festivals, universities and colleges (whoever will have me) and offer the public free manicures for the chance to sit and have a chat with a trans person.

They can ask me any questions they have about trans stuff and I can teach them how to be an ally and that, but the most important part of the interaction for me is just having a chat, because what I'm really trying to do is humanise the issue a bit and break down people's misconceptions by showing that trans people are pretty normal (and pretty nice too to be honest).

My Brittle Bone Condition Won’t Stop Me Living Life To The Full

Samantha Renke - actress and disability activist

My Brittle Bone Condition Won’t Stop Me Living Life To The Full
My name is Samantha Renke and I am a Lancashire born actress and public speaker who currently lives in east London. I am a former teacher and trustee for the brittle bone society. I have a genetic condition called osteogenesis imperfecta, more commonly known as brittle bones condition which means I am a full-time wheelchair user, but this most certainly doesn't stop me from living life to the full.

I Want Everyone To Be Comfortable In Their Skin, Whatever Their Race, Gender Or Sexuality

Sonny Turner - model and body positive activist

I Want Everyone To Be Comfortable In Their Skin, Whatever Their Race, Gender Or Sexuality

A little bit about me: big hair, in your face-style and daily opinions on just about anything are what others might say about me.

However, mostly that's just a platform for the thing I like to talk about the most - body positivity and personal empowerment. I believe and want everyone to be comfortable in their own skin, whatever your gender, race or sexuality.