Society

The vegan movement’s success relies on inclusivity, not shaming meat-eaters
Society

The vegan movement’s success relies on inclusivity, not shaming meat-eaters

With Veganuary now in full swing, 2019 has already been named “the year of vegans” by people all across vegan internet forums, after supermarkets and fast food chains have added an array of exciting new plant-based options to their shelves in the first week of the year. Veganuary has been groundbreaking in bringing veganism more into the mainstream, marketing the movement as a new year's resolution to benefit your health as well as the environment and animal welfare. The official website offers guides on eating out, listing every vegan option at restaurant chains, as well as meal plans and recipes designed to make the shift as easy as possible, debunking myths that veganism has to be unachievable and restrictive. Accessibility and inclusivity is the key to the movement’s success and though...
<strong></strong>Today, the Brazilian people have queer blood on their hands
LGBTQ+, World Politics

Today, the Brazilian people have queer blood on their hands

In March of last year, a video from Fortaleza in north-eastern Brazil went viral. It features 42-year-old trans woman Dandara dos Santos stripped, covered in blood, and begging for her life as a gang of men laugh and jeer. They taunt her, kick her, punch her. They beat her with shoes and a wooden plank, and tell her they “will kill the faggot”. They throw her into a wheelchair, undressed and bloodied, and they take her off to be shot.  Because they were brazen enough to post the video, Dandara’s murderers did face justice — a rarity in a country which last year saw an LGBT person murdered every 23 hours for who they are.Despite a flourishing LGBT community (São Paulo hosts the largest pride parade in the world) and a progressive image on the world stage, Brazi...
I'm a cyclist, I don’t break the law, and I’m not a nob — so why do motorists hate me?
Society, Sport

I'm a cyclist, I don’t break the law, and I’m not a nob — so why do motorists hate me?

Ten miles southwest of Birmingham an inky green coup triumphs. The final echo of urban life truant. Here, in the heart of the Licky Hills, inspiration for J.R.R. Tolkein’s mythical Shire, there is a weight and lethargy amongst the greenery. Thick-ankled oaks cladded with moss and ivy hem in a long, rolling strip of shadowed asphalt. It is a beautiful place. A place where I’m willing to sacrifice my own pride and sense of self-confidence just to get to. You see, I’m a cyclist. I donned the lycra a few years ago and now I’m a member of the 14% of the British population that cycles at least once a week. I love it. The escapism, the sense of adventure and tribute to a once pre-motorised world. I’m an addict, I need to feel the dopamine rush that my act lets off course through my veins, res...