Good News Stories of 2020

With only a few hours left of 2020 (here, anyway) I figured I’d shout a bit of defiance into the void. It was a GODAWFUL year but there were some bright spots. Here’s some stories that did at least make me sit up and go, “oh yeah there’s a pandemic but at least it’s cool that…” (Not counting the vaccine and the US election, by the way. You already know about those.) In no order:

Argentina legalized abortion

Declining support for religion’s role in governance, as well as the growing power of women’s rights activists, contributed to this shift. And now women in Argentina who would have gone through with abortions regardless of legality will no longer face unnecessary medical complications or fear of prosecution.

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Lots of amazing and important photographs were taken

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Many British celebs, including Olivia Coleman and Jameela Jamil, signed a letter condemning transphobia

The open letter says: “We are feminists and we write, on international day for the elimination of violence against women and girls, to express our solidarity with trans women, particularly trans women of colour, who experience violence and hostility so frequently it is almost a way of life.

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Archaelogists found an ancient shop, still colourful, in Pompeii

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On Doctor Who the Doctor was played by a black person for the first time ever

(and hopefully she’ll lead her own series of the show soon)

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MS treatment has gotten “a step closer”

A clinical trial of the cancer drug bexarotene showed that it repaired the protective myelin sheaths that MS destroys. The loss of myelin causes a range of neurological problems including balance, vision and muscle disorders, and ultimately, disability.

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A train broke through a barrier and was caught by a whale tail

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Africa is now free of wild polio

In a speech yesterday, the director general of the WHO, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, described the eradication of wild polio in Africa as a “public health triumph”.

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Okay here’s ONE little thing regarding the vaccine – Dolly Parton helped fund it! God I love her.

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The Pogues told Laurence Fox to fuck off, oh fine that’s a tiny thing but it was SO satisfying to me

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People took care of other people’s plants

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Wild animals started popping up in unexpected places, including this deer in my hometown:

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This house provided DAYS of entertainment for Twitter

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Animal Crossing helped many people

(including me)

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And that’s all I have for now, but def add your own stories in the comments if you have ’em!