Meet the trailblazing transgender mountain climber who wants to fly the trans Pride flag from the top of Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world
Erin Parisi climbed the tallest mountain in Argentina, holding aloft the transgender pride flag at the peak. She describes the feeling: “I just held it high and proud. I don’t know who noticed or who cared”. Parisi now wants to make history by being the first transgender person to climb the world’s seven summits. She has four peaks down with three to go, nearing the Everest milestone. Read more about her story by clicking the photo below.
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Wiley anti-Semitism: 'How it feels to be black and Jewish'
Rapper Wiley’s recent outburst of hate speech on social media has brought attention to the antisemitism that exists often unchecked in our society today. This article platforms Black Jewish people, and their outlook on the situation. “The fact is I am a black person, I can also be a Jewish person, I can also be a woman and a vegan”, singer-songwriter Autumn Rowe says. Autumn adds that she has been disappointed with the lack of reaction in the UK music industry to Wiley’s comments. It is important that we all speak up against discrimination of all kinds.
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This week marked the launch of an impressive new initiative from AVADO: FastFutures. FastFutures is a fully-funded digital skills programme created for education-leavers, in order to provide the new job-seekers with essential workplace skills. With the ambitious aim to provide tens of thousands of free places annually, including the prioritisation of underrepresented groups, FastFutures hopes to prevent a skills gap in this generation’s education leavers, as well as address inequalities across workplaces. Learn more and apply by clicking the image below!
'I want people to know that there's no singular way to be a Muslim woman'
Fahmida is a 25-year-old illustrator and queer Muslim. She wants others to understand that ‘Muslimness’ is not a homogenous category and that being Muslim can be just one part of your identity. “We’re a kaleidoscope of intersecting cultures”, Fahmida says, and representation of all kinds is essential for both Muslims and non-Muslims to see. Fahmida’s book uses illustration to reclaim the narrative for Muslim women, available to buy now.
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