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Latest Post 21-10-21
Why is Halloween difficult for the facial difference community?

When Halloween comes around, it is a very visible reminder that people think our differences make us scary.

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NEWS & STORIES

A special thank you to Positive Exposure

We had the pleasure of meeting Rick Guidotti, Founder of Positive Exposure recently via a panel discussion run by the Moebius Syndrome Foundation. Our visions and missions were clearly aligned, with both of our organisations being committed to the ‘positive exposure’ of people with facial differences around the world. Positive Exposure promotes a more inclusive world […]

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Why is Halloween difficult for the facial difference community?

When Halloween comes around, it is a very visible reminder that people think our differences make us scary.

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Support & Advice on Discrimination

If you are seeking support, or advice on reporting cases of discrimination or injustice then here are some links to information and services: Many of our members can offer condition-specific support, they can all be found here.   Europe Victim Support Europe Equality Bodies – Equinet USA Victim Support USA USA Disability Rights UK  Victim […]

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FEI is looking for a new Treasurer

This is an exciting time for this young, international charity, as the global movement for face equality continues to gather recognition and momentum. The charity is currently registered in Guernsey and in the process of moving over to the UK. The existing Treasurer will hand over duties once we are based in the UK. We are looking for someone who can play a key role in the financial and strategic development of FEI. 

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Intersectionality between the Facial Difference and Disability Community

Rasheera Dopson Intersectionality is defined as “the complex, cumulative way in which the effects of multiple forms of discrimination (such as racism, sexism, and classism) combine, overlap, or intersect, especially in the experiences of marginalized individuals or groups (Merriam-Webster, 2021). For the purpose of this essay, I will be going outside the traditional boarders of […]

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How facial appearance impacts our daily encounters with the world

Kerry Gillespie The stigma that comes attached to having a ‘different’ facial appearance was something that I suddenly found myself affected by.” Hi, my name is Kerry and I’m a PhD researcher at the University of Glasgow. My research focuses on the intriguing area of the body that is the human face. As a geographer, […]

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Dating with a difference and the role of dating platforms

Zoe Cross “People with a disability should use a specialist dating site for the disabled. Achieving positive date matching outcomes for people with a visible disability can be challenging.” This essentially was the message a female would-be customer of a dating portal received recently. The woman involved is a BBC journalist and a wheelchair user,  […]

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Becoming Lady Alopecia: Losing my hair and finding myself

“We’re all born bald, baby!” – Terry Savalas Emma Sothern (Lady Alopecia) My name is Emma, I’m Irish and I’m 34 years old. I’ve had alopecia areata since I was 11. For the uninitiated, alopecia is an autoimmune condition where the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy hair follicles by mistake – in response to some […]

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3 Models Underlying Assumptions About Disability

Backlash from disabled people about “The Witches” reveals harmful stereotypes. Kathleen R. Bogart Ph.D. Think about your underlying assumptions about disability. What causes disability? What are the sources of and solutions to disability-related challenges? Experts categorize ways of thinking about disability into three general models: moral, medical, or social (Olkin & Pledger, 2003). Our beliefs about disability are reflected […]

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The Importance of Representation in Children’s Books

The Adventures of Rory and Friends Two weeks after our daughter River was born we noticed a small red mark starting to appear under her nostril. Instantly we thought it could be a birthmark and asked our Health Visitor. She told us to wait and see, which we did. Over the next couple of weeks […]

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Finding Love with a Facial Difference

“Not quite a fashion model” Hi there, my name’s Zoë Cross – Zoë Anthea Cross. I wouldn’t stress my middle name so much, but I’ve discovered I have an Australian namesake who is a fashion model. Maybe one day I can still go into mature modelling, for people with a facial difference, but that’s a […]

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A Statement about our Founder

Dr James Partridge OBE passes away, leaving behind a legacy of life-changing work and devotion to others, as the pioneer behind the face equality movement James was a social entrepreneur, author, loving husband, father, grandfather, and the architect of the global face equality movement. Dr James Richard John Partridge OBE, passed away suddenly, but peacefully […]

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Acting, representation and the impact of negative depictions on screen

I hope that by being accepted into one of the top drama schools in the UK, it sets a foundation for more visibly different people to be inspired to apply and train to be an actor too. I want to prove to teachers, casting directors, producers, directors and the arts as a whole that people […]

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Different: A blog from Sharon

Growing up with a birthmark and the implications of negative depictions of facial difference on screen Sharon explores the offensive casting for the new Amazon Prime Lord of the Rings series, and what this means to her Different. I got used to that word from an early age. ‘You look different to other kids. Because […]

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Research into the mental health of people with facial differences

The role of attributions, shame, and self-compassion on the mental health of those with facial differences: Here’s how you can get involved Hi my name is Joel, I am 21 years old and I was born with a congenital facial palsy. I have had facial reanimation surgery to try to improve the movement in the […]

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To wear a face mask or not…

James Partridge, Founder of Face Equality International Wearing facial protection will soon become normal, according to the World Health Organization’s Covid-19 spokesman David Nabarro in an interview with the BBC: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p089cz1s Despite conflicting evidence about whether face masks are effective in protecting people from Covid-19 (eg: eyes can still be recipients of the droplets), Nabarro […]

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Chelsey Peat – My Decision Not to Hide

I was born with Sturge-Weber Syndrome, with a large port-wine stain birthmark covering the left side of my head and neck. Lots of extra blood vessels resulted in glaucoma and visible differences in my left eye. Growing up was a struggle, especially in a small town. My nickname from the bullies was “Two Face.” I […]

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Open Letter to Sir Peter Jackson and Jeff Bezos, CEO Amazon

Recruitment of Orcs Dear Sir Peter and Mr Bezos, It has been widely reported in the UK media this week (see links below) that the casting agencies working on Amazon TV’s new series based on Lord of the Rings are desperately seeking people with “flawed faces” who are “hairy, toothless, wrinkled and extremely tall and […]

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