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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‘Elliot Page Inspired Me To Come Out As Non-Binary’ (Sophie Jackson, Grazia)

Amnesty International UK and Liberty joint statement on puberty blockers (Amnesty International UK)

I’m Autistic. I Didn’t Know Until I Was 27 (Marianne Eloise, The New York Times)

The LGB Alliance threatens more than trans rights #LWithTheT (Jack King, Huck)

The Dangerous Inversions of the Debate Around Trans “Censorship” (Melissa Grant, New Republic)

‘I’ve found true love in my chosen family’ – Rina Sawayama welcomes us into the fold (Grace Medford, gal-dem)

From the article: “‘I love queering the mainstream,’ says Rina Sawayama. She’s about to become the world’s new favourite pop star, but her level of self-awareness means she’s already thinking about the butterfly effect of her emergence; intellectualising and politicising her place in the music industry with infectious energy.”

Charlotte Mensah’s ‘Good Hair’ is the afro anthology the UK’s been waiting for (Ebuni Ajiduah, gal-dem)

Unveiling France’s hidden histories in Algeria holds the key to understanding its modern Islamophobia (Hanna Bechiche, gal-dem)

‘I believe in the unity of all Black people’ – Lavinya Stennett on solidarity and The Black Curriculum (Oluwaseun Matiluko, gal-dem)

One more: ‘Like section 28 and gay rights’: fears UK schools being silenced from discussing racism (Jess Staufenberg, Guardian)

From the article: “[Penny] Rabiger [co-founder of BAMEd, a network representing black and minority ethnic school staff] says: ‘The minister’s remarks could have a silencing effect. The risk of what she has said is a bit like section 28 and gay rights, where you’re not allowed to be seen to be ‘promoting’ a particular view. This is scaring people away from the trickier questions. I would have no problem teaching about white privilege. As long as you’re teaching about the social factors and being balanced, that’s not against the law.'”

Warwick vice-chancellor failed to protect female students, say victims (David Batty, Guardian)

Why I Refuse to Use Cancer Metaphors About a ‘War,’ ‘Fight,’ or ‘Battle’ (Genevieve Richardson, Self)

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