The humans behind the numbers: unaccompanied minors from Afghanistan seeking asylum in Sweden – part 2

This article is the second part of a series, launched by The Beautiful Wild, on the situation of unaccompanied minors from Afghanistan seeking asylum in Sweden. (The first part, which contains background information, you can find here.) The aim of the series is to share the thoughts and experiences of some of these individuals, too…

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The humans behind the numbers: unaccompanied minors from Afghanistan seeking asylum in Sweden – part 1

This article is the first part of a series, launched by The Beautiful Wild, on the situation of unaccompanied minors from Afghanistan seeking asylum in Sweden. The aim of the series is to share the thoughts and experiences of some of these individuals, too often obscured behind numbers and terminology like “a wave of refugees”….

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ACTION ALERT: LGBTQ Murder in Chechnya

What’s going on? There is a large-scale campaign against the Chechen LGBTQ community happening, resulting in the torture and murder of gay Chechens. On April 1, the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta broke the story that Chechen authorities have been arresting and killing gay men. Sources say over 100 men have been detained so far and…

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What We Face

Jessie is a great friend of mine. When she told and showed me what she had witnessed – a white woman going off for 45 minutes on black employees – we agreed it would be the right thing to make the video of the incident public in order to protect the employees from unwarranted repercussions….

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Stand Up and Act

I am astounded. What started as a small gesture to let one person know that she is valued and important to her community turned into something I never imagined. I never expected this to get past the neighborhood. Our country has been completely divided in the past couple years, but somehow this one story resonated…

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Don’t Let Go

Journey back to my erstwhile home, journey back over a decade. Emily jogs toward me grinning, my hand is outstretched. Her hand slaps mine, she moves on. As we run around, the darkness lowers upon us, the stadium lights flicker on. We regard each other, smirking in our minimal underarmour despite the cold, bumping and…

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URGENT: Trans Rights Action Needed. And don’t watch this TV show!

Only a couple of days after the tragic attack at the LGBTQ nightclub Pulse, where 49 souls lost their lives, a hate group in Washington State is hosting a rally to support an anti trans ballot measure. Just Want Privacy is a group that is trying to get Initiative 1515 on the ballot – an…

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We Can Make It So Much Better Together – Join Us In Giving

The writers at The Beautiful Wild want to say thank you for reading this year. We created a challenge with a group of friends (hello #Wolfpack!) to do acts of kindness “together” this year by getting involved in our local and global communities. We hope that our articles have managed to inspire you this year and…

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Airplane Accessibility, or the Lack Thereof

Three things you need to know before reading further. First: I have a physical impairment rendering me with weak muscles. Second: I live in Sweden. Third: This text is more of a column than an article. Now you’re set. Little more than eleven years ago my family, a friend of mine and I started to…

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UPDATE: Love Letters to Alabama

Alabama HB 56 is not the most pressing issue facing LGBTQ people in Alabama (or America, or the world) – because it’s one of thousands. On the 50th anniversary of the historic Civil Rights March to Selma, the Alabama state government had a chance to make a difference. They had a chance to set a…

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