Op-Eds

Here is where you will find my many opinion pieces on everything from disability rights to feminism.

2022

 The State Of This: How Much is the New PM Going to Screw Disabled People? (with Cath Poucher) for The Unwritten, August 22

The Tories are Gambling with Disabled Lives via a Loophole – We Can’t let Them get Away With it for The Daily Mirror, August 22

We Deserve to Know What the DWP is Hiding About Benefits for The Independent, August 22

Rishi Sunak’s NHS No-Show Fines Are a Direct Attack on Disabled People for The Spill, August 22

Rishi Sunak’s £10 Fine for Missing GP Appointments Will Penalise Disabled People for The Daily Mirror, August 22

You Don’t Have to Like Being Disabled to be Proud of it for Verywell Health, July 22

Assuming Someone is Faking a Disability is Discriminatory and Offensive for The Daily Mirror, July 22

Disabled People Don’t Need Your Outrage – we Need you to Fight With us for Change for The Guardian, July 22

It’s Hard to get out of “Work Mode” When it’s Your Life – but I’m Trying for The Unwritten, June 22

Twitter Means Too Much to Disabled People to Abandon for The Spill, May 22

The Queen Shouldn’t be Scared of Being Seen in a Wheelchair for Metro UK, March 22

‘It’s Just a Cold’ Doesn’t Mean It’s Not Serious for Verywell Health, March 22

IWD2022: Disabled women have to be strong all year. We want to be soft too for The iPaper, March 22

Why Can’t We Just Let the Queen Rest? for Verywell Health, February 22

The End of Free LFTs is Terrifying for Vulnerable and Disabled People for The Flock, February 22

Lifting COVID-19 Restrictions in England Puts Disabled People in Danger for Verywell Health, February 22

How Pam And Tommy Exploits Pamela Anderson All Over Again for Whynow, February 22

Ending masks and isolation will kill vulnerable people for The New Statesman, January 22

Op-Ed: Disabled People Can’t Learn to Live With COVID for Verywell Health, January ’22

2021

Disabled People Feel Left out of U.K. COVID-19 Plans—Again for Verywell Health, December 21

It’s OK to Prioritize Your Health Over Socializing During the Holidays for Verywell Health, December 21

Unvaccinated People Are Not Oppressed—They’re Dangerous for Verywell Health, November 21

Ableism at COP26 Shows Disabled People Are Still an Afterthought for Verywell Health, November 21

Why “Invisible Disabilities” are Anything but Invisible for Verywell Health, October 21

It’s Unacceptable That Disabled People Still Can’t Access COVID Vaccines for Verywell Health, October 21

I spent 15 Years in Pain – Here’s What I Learned About the Gender Pain gap, for Verywell Health, October 21

It’s Ableist to Cut Pay of Work-From-Home Employees for Verywell Health, October 21

Living With Undiagnosed Chronic Pain Is Hard, But Please Don’t Give Up for Healthline, August 21

This Is Not Freedom Day for Vulnerable Disabled People Like Me for The Spill, July 21

Surprise, I’m a Disabled Person for The Unwritten, July 21

Give The ‘NHS Rainbow’ Back To The LGBT Community for HuffPost, April 21

Line of Duty’s treatment of Terry shows how common ableism is for Metro UK, April 21

A Love Letter to the Undiagnosed for The Endometriosis Foundation, March 21

It’s Okay If Women Don’t Want To Share Their Trauma for Huffpost UK, March 21

It’s Not Okay to Ask Why Someone is Getting The Vaccine for Huffpost, March 21

Please Stop Killing Us for The Unwritten, February 21

Ruth Madeley’s appearance on Celebrity Best Home Cook fills a major gap in disabled visibility for Digital Spy, January 21

Working From Home Levels the Playing Field for Disabled People. Why are Businesses so Intent on Returning to the Office? For Rooted in Rights, January 21

2020

New lockdown restrictions are forcing disabled people to make a choice between health and career for The Independent, November 20

After disabled people were left to die, I’m terrified of a second Coronavirus wave for Metro UK, November 20

Until TV starts showing chronic pain accurately, I fear people will think I’m faking it for Metro UK, October 20

Disabled People Are Anxious About Returning To Work. Do Not Forget Us for HuffPost, September 20

I Could Only Embrace Being a Writer After I Got Sober for The Temper, September 20

Why I Go To Hospital Appointments Alone for Stylist, July 20

Will I be Left to Die in a Second Coronavirus wave? for The Doe (anon), June 20

To my post-menopausal body… I’ve learnt to love you for your resilience for Metro UK, June 20

J.K. Rowling’s Attack on the Trans Community Was Deplorable, but So Was Glorifying Her Abuser for WMC Fbomb, June 20

JK Rowling Doesn’t Speak for Abuse Survivors for HuffPost, June 20

We Cannot Neglect the Health Needs of Chronically Ill and Disabled People During the Pandemic for Rooted in Rights, May 20

Please don’t hoard Hydroxychloroquine because Trump claims it cures Covid-19 for Metro UK, May 20

It Shouldn’t Be Dangerous To Share Disabled Experiences Online for Rooted in Rights, May 20

Why Chronically Ill And Disabled People Are Furious About Coronavirus for Folks at Pillpack, March 20

I Chose to have a hysterectomy, but it still hurts that I can’t have children, for Metro UK, March ’20

As A Recovering Alcoholic I Found Watching Love Is Blind Uncomfortable for Metro UK, March 20

When Someone Says They Are Disabled, Believe Them for Folks at Pillpack, February 20

Doctor Who Has Always Been Political for Digital Spy, January 20

2019

How My Dog Brought Me Closer To My Neighbours for Stylist, December 19

The DWP Christmas Bonus Is An Insult To Disabled People for Metro UK December 19

How Can I Be Visibly Bisexual? for Diva Magazine, December 19

How Getting A Puppy Saved My Mental Health for Folks at Pillpack, September 19

What Queer Eye Got Wrong About Disability for Folks at Pillpack August 19

Even In Game Of Thrones’ Fantasy World Disabled People Aren’t Good Enough for Metro UK,  May ’19

My Extreme Periods Drove Me To A Hysterectomy – I Resent Not Being Taught What Was ‘Normal’ for Metro UK, March 19

Why Cast Bryan Cranston As A Quadriplegic Man When Disabled Actors Are Queuing Up For Roles? for Metro UK, January 19

2018 and Earlier

I Spoke Up and Got Help With My Mental Health – But The NHS Failed Me for iNews, September 18

Doctor Who’s dyspraxic character Ryan marks the first time I’ve seen my disability represented properly on TV for iNews, October 18

My Lupus Diagnosis Could’ve Come A Lot Sooner If Doctors Had Believed Me For Metro UK, May 18

How Chronic Illness And Mental Health Are Inextricably Linked For Metro UK, May 18

An Open Letter to my Depression for Metro UK, September ’17 MENTAL HEALTH

I Didn’t Realise I Could Be Bisexual Until I was 22 – Here’s Why for Metro UK, August ’17 SEX AND REL

Why a Female Doctor Really Matters to Young Girls for Metro UK, July 17

Why Are Men Suddenly Driving The Handmaid’s Tale? for Metro UK, July 17

It’s Okay To Not Want To ‘Keep Calm And Carry On’ for iNews, June 17

How the LGBT+ Community Stigmatises Bisexuality for The Queerness, April 17

The Finality of Hysterectomy for Ask Me About My Uterus, January 17

I’m 27 And Want a Hysterectomy. No, I’m Not Naive. for Ask Me About My Uterus, August 16

You’re My Thinspo for Femsplain, June 16