As always, the news is moving along relentlessly, so it seems these recent reading posts may be going up fairly frequently. Here’s a roundup of some of the things I’ve been reading over the last few weeks:

White supremacy, the patriarchy, politics & privilege

Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ve probably seen the abortion bans passed in states like Alabama and Ohio. Here’s an explainer on why abortion bans don’t stop abortion, they just lead to the deaths of a lot more women/people with uteruses. – Harper’s Bazaar

Also, this isn’t new information, but recent abortion news meant that I ended up in a conversation with someone who had a very inaccurate understanding of New York’s new abortion laws from the start of this year. Here is a factual explanation of what New York’s law entails, for context. – Fact Check

Here’s a guide to what you can for abortion rightsTeen Vogue

Plus, Elizabeth Warren launches plan to protect abortion rightsCommon Dreams

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Equality Act, an amendment to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that would protect against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity – Refinery29

Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, is running for Miami-Dade County CommissionMiami Herald

Dutee Chand became India’s first openly gay athleteAl Jazeera

Overt racism has risen since the Brexit voteThe Guardian

Mena Mengal, champion of Afghan women’s rights, was murderedGal Dem

Muhlaysia Booker, a transgender woman who was attacked by a mob last month, was murdered. We should all be angry. – Refinery29

This is what therapy is really like for queer people of colourGal Dem

Billionaire Robert F. Smith promises to pay off student debt for the entire graduating class of Morehouse CollegeCommon Dreams

The rape allegations against Julian Assange, explainedVox


Uber drivers went on strike around the worldVox

Here’s exactly who’s profiting off the war in YemenIn These Times

Why Western Museums should return African artefactsQuartz Africa


Greenpeace activists block BP London HQThe Guardian

CO2 Levels Hit 415 PPM for First Time in 3 Million+ YearsCommon Dreams

What people in Kentucky Coal Country really think about the green new dealIn These Times

Australia’s election was… not good. But Frank Jotzo argues that climate policy can still progressThe Guardian

Plus, Indigenous Torres Strait Islanders file landmark human rights claim over the Australian government’s inaction on the climate crisisCommon Dreams

An American explorer broke the record for deepest ever dive, and found plasticBBC

Earthworms are just as important as bees for the planetThe Guardian

The divestment movement is growingVox

The UK is planning to plant over 130,000 new trees in the next two yearsThe Guardian

Jay Inslee is the only 2020 candidate treating the climate crisis properlyVox

In French Guiana soldiers have been protecting the Amazon from illegal gold miningBBC
(related: read more on ethical gold mining here)

Is it still cool for celebrities to pose with their private jets? (I’m gonna go ahead and say no) – BBC


4 models talk about how fashion can become more inclusiveVogue


Greta Thunberg was featured on the cover of TIMETIME

In fact, their whole next generation leaders section is really interestingTIME

We found out that Mr Ratburn is gay, and got married, on Arthur!The Atlantic

This years’ Cannes Festival was filled with stories of people on the edge of a revolution, or an apocalypse – Vox

Visionary architect IM Pei passed away aged 102The New York Times

There’s a male makeup brand called ‘War Paint’, and it hasn’t gone down wellVox

Conan Gray made his London show debut, and talks about his experience of being Asian American (please listen to his EP after reading, it’s great) – Gal Dem

Game of Thrones ended and, while fan opinion is divided, this piece titled ‘Game of Thrones ends as it began, inferior to Lord of the Rings’ is a fun little read – Quartzy

The evolution of Dr. Bronner’s soap is fascinating – Vox

Chella Man is the first deaf, Asian, trans actor to be cast in a superhero seriesGal Dem

Why we shouldn’t be defined by our careersMan Repeller

We officially changed the definition of a kilogramVox


And last but not least, please enjoy this trailer for Always Be My Maybe which looks excellent!