Stay Home Discoveries: Week 8

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This week, the team have been continuing our education surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement as well as LGBTQ+ rights in celebration of June being Pride month. We've found some helpful resources and organisations to keep up with. We've also rounded up some great TV shows and businesses to support.

What we're learning about...

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Black Lives Matter

We’ve been continuing our education around systematic racism in the US and UK this week with a few more helpful resources.

Pride Month

June is Pride Month! Stemming from the revolutionary Stonewall uprising in New York, June 1969, this month highlights the importance of LGBTQ+ rights, allyship and celebration. Now that we’re into the second week, we’ve been researching ways to get involved.

We’ve found some great virtual events…

LGBTQ+ Digital Pride and Migration 2020 - In correlation with World Refugee Day, this event aims to be a celebrates love and resistance, run by LGBTQ+ organisations in New York.

Global Pride - A livestream that is bringing communities from all around the world together for a 24-hour celebration of diversity.

Pride in London - This London based group led by volunteers have various virtual gatherings and activities available including workout sessions and quizzes.

Black Trans Lives Matter

Marginalised communities are intrinsically linked when it comes to rights, injustices and power. We’ve been educating ourselves about the Black Trans community and how to use our platform to empower and support the rights and needs of this community.

The Death and Life of Martha P Johnson (Film) - A documentary on Trans activist Martha P Johnson and her important work within the LGBTQ+ community.

The Okra Project - The Okra Project is a collective providing the Black Trans community in the US with food and resources that they would otherwise not be able to access.  

@forthegworls - This organisation helps to raise money on behalf Black Trans people who are in need of affirmative surgery.

What we're watching...

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Outer Banks (Netflix) - Who else still isn’t out of their teen drama phase? This one has teens yes, but also a $400 million in gold to try to find and keep. An easy ten episodes to binge this weekend.

Ru Paul’s Secret Celebrity Drag Race (Netflix) - If you’re looking for something a little lighter, the celebrity spin off of W&M favourite Drag Race recently premiered, and did not disappoint. Expect star-studded episodes and the best outfits you’ve ever seen. And the prize monty goes to charity!

Noughts and Crosses (BBC) - We’ve all read the classic tale by Mallorie Blackman, right? Well the BBC have a new adaptation set in dystopian London, and with a few famous faces (hi there Stormzy).

Who we're following...

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@greengirlleah - Calling herself an intersectional environmentalist, Leah Thomas has created a platform which aims to make environmentalism a discussion available to everyone.

@blindsaay - Lindsay Arakawa combines two of our favourite things, beautiful typography and inspirational quotes. Some are heavy and some are light, but all are nice to read and nice to look at.

@nytcooking - If you’re out of cooking inspiration, the NYT Cooking feed is full of great, easy to moderate meals that are great for weekday dinners. There’s a surprising amount of veggie/vegan options too. Hoorah!

Where we're shopping...

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Elizabeth An'Marie - This small business, started in 2014 by Shelby Marie Fuller, creates hand knitted Merino wool clothing and accessories, each made-to-order and built to last. We love the colourful designs.

Brownie Points - This brand of limited edition designs promote intersectional feminism. Selling everything from jewellery to prints and candles, this is a wonderful way to support an important conversation. We also love their retro style Instagram feed.

Wales Bonner - Since her graduation from CSM in 2014, Grace Wales Bonner has gained respect from the industry for her obviously political designs which combine afro-atlantic and european influences and perspectives.

What will we be up to in week 9? Head back here for more discoveries next week.