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18 Excellent Longreads You Need In Your Life Right Now

The best longform reporting, feature stories, and personal essays from BuzzFeed UK over the last month.

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1. This Is What It Feels Like To Live With An Invisible Disability – Victoria Sanusi

Tim Lane / BuzzFeed

There are 13.3 million disabled people in the UK, but there are no statistics on how many have an "invisible" or "hidden" disability – the term used for a condition that isn't visibly apparent when you meet someone.

Five people in the UK who live with hidden disabilities told BuzzFeed News what the experience means to them.

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4. I Went Out On The Streets With One Of Scotland Yard's Elite Gang Crime Units – Hannah Al-Othman

Laura Gallant / Rebecca Hendin / BuzzFeed

In a bid to tackle gun and knife crime, Scotland Yard has a series of elite gang units working in problem hotspots who keep tabs on London's gangs and work to disrupt their activity. BuzzFeed News went out on patrol with Lambeth's gang squad.

5. This Is Why Men Meet For Sex In Public Toilets – Patrick Strudwick

Rebecca Hendin / BuzzFeed

“I was looking for some kind of acknowledgement of my existence.” Six men tell BuzzFeed News what leads them to seek sex in public toilets and how the police have cracked down on "cottaging".

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9. The Politics of Being Me – Lucy Webster

Eleanor Shakespeare for BuzzFeed

So much of modern feminism relies on the ideal of female bodies that work as expected. For me and lots of other disabled people, that’s a model we simply don’t fit.

11. These LGBT Clubbers Say They Feel Shut Out Of The Scene Because They Are Disabled – Chris Godfrey

Laura Gallant / BuzzFeed

It’s no secret that space is at a premium in the capital; many of the scene’s bars, whether they focus on LGBT visitors or not, are confined to cramped basements where accessibility for some wheelchair users is incredibly difficult.

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12. 6 Inventions Changing British People's Lives In 2017 – Kelly Oakes

Open Bionics / Remap / Blatchford / Lepmis / Phil Han / BuzzFeed

From a pair of "glasses" that can help some legally blind people see, to the latest in prosthetic knee technology that's now available on the NHS – here are some of the products helping make people's lives better.

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Chelsey Pippin is commissioning editor for features at BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

Contact Chelsey Pippin at chelsey.pippin@buzzfeed.com.

Louise Ridley is a News Editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Louise Ridley at louise.ridley@buzzfeed.com.

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