Weekly round-up and open thread

It’s time for another 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.

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Boris Johnson drops investigation into MP who manhandled protester (Roweba Mason, Guardian)

Demonising the Left (David Miller, Tribune)

From the article: “In the aftermath of the Manchester bombing in 2017, Corbyn made a powerful speech pointing to the link between such acts and British policy abroad, particularly in light of the attacker’s history in Libya. It was widely reported that the majority of the British public agreed with the Labour leader. Are millions of Britons who harbour suspicions and discomfort about such wars also extremists?”

I worked for Gay Star News – the anti-trans lobby’s celebration of its closure is sickening (Shannon Power, Independent)

From the article: “Just months before our closure, GSN launched our She/They section to celebrate women’s and femme-identifying people’s stories. But even before She/They, more than 50 per cent of our content this year related to women and, for the first time in our history, women made up more than 50 per cent of our readership. That’s an absolutely huge feat for a publication once perceived to be for gay men only.”

Game of Thrones star Laura Pradelska faces transphobic abuse in London (Nick Duffy, PinkNews)

From the article: “Taking to Twitter, she said: ‘One of the women [screamed] in my face that I’m a TRANSGENDER whore – completely insignificant whether I am trans or not but I’d hope Zara [shop] would NEVER tolerate this behaviour.'”

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe has never been a safe space for black performers, so I created my own (Steven Kavuma, Independent)

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