Weekly round-up and open thread

It’s time for another (slightly late!) weekly round-up where we share (what we see as) the most interesting and important articles from the previous seven days. We’d love to hear your thoughts on any of the issues covered in the articles we’ve picked. As always, linking to articles does not mean endorsement from the F-Word and certain links may be triggering. We welcome debate in the comments section and on Facebook/Twitter but remind readers that any comments containing sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic or disablist language will be deleted immediately. If you notice that we’ve missed out any important articles from the past week, feel free to let us know.

Liv Little on the importance of allies and why we all need to listen more (Gay Times)

From the interview: ‘I’ve been in so many situations where people don’t have certain sensitivities, or certain levels of understanding. They make comments that are racist, or sexist, or homophobic, and I think it should be on the onus of people who are not LGBTQ to stand up and challenge those things. Too often we’re expected to do the emotional labour. Being a good ally is sometimes speaking up in those spaces without expecting a pat on the back, or some sort of reward. To just see it as the right thing to do. I think that is so important.’

Why don’t UK child protection laws safeguard Shamima Begum? (gal-dem)

RCGP to support decriminalisation of abortion (Royal College of General Practitioners)

MN PowerLifting Team ‘Times Out’ Protesting USAPL Transgender Ban (Kelli Busey, Planet Transgender) [US]

Tory government votes not to retain European human rights charter in UK law after Brexit (Independent)

Jackie Shane, soul singer & transgender icon, RIP (Brooklyn Vegan)

The image is used under a creative commons license with thanks to Ana Li on Flickr. It shows a shady spot under a tree in a field.