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Confessions of an ex gang girl

LESBIAN AUTHOR AND MENTOR NEQUELA WHITTAKER TELLS ALENA DIERICKX WHY SHE TURNED HER BACK ON A LIFE OF CRIME

NEQUELA WHITTAKER

What really goes on in a gang? Speculation and myth often supersede reality in the media and only gang members know the detail of what it’s like in their world. When I was based in the Hackney gangs unit, in a service that helps young women move away from gang connections, the police would often say that no girl gangs “officially” existed, but they kept detailed maps and charts with information on every boy in any of the many gangs in their patch. In addition, there was a matrix ranking each known gang member based on the crimes they committed. A bit like football leagues, it had a smack of glamour or kudos about it, and I could imagine the gang members getting a kick out of knowing their position at the top of the chain.

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Our June issue kicks off the countdown to OITNB S4 Also in this issue: Geordie Shore’s Marnie Simpson on coming out as bisexual OITNB: Things get a whole lot darker in Litchfield in S4 Selling sexuality: DIVA challenges ad agencies to create ads for us Nequela Whittaker spills on her life as a former gang girl Susan Calman wants you to stop telling her to "Cheer up, love" Are sex toys & apps making us less intimate? Why local Pride events are life-changing EU Referendum: which way will you vote on 23 June? Is Scotland the best place to be LGBT? Jack Monroe on ghosting Eleanor Margolis wonders who would make the best date in Litchfield Plus all the very best in life, scene, books, film, music and TV.
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