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HotScots FC

Making the pitch a more progressive place is the goal of this football team

In 2019, the annual London Pride event saw more than 1 million people descend on the capital to celebrate the freedom of being who you are and loving who you like. However, this sentiment of openness and acceptance hasn’t quite made its way to the football pitch yet. While a BBC Radio 5 live study found that 82 per cent of football supporters would have no issue with their club signing a gay player, many professional players still feel reluctant to go public as homosexual. Justin Fashanu became the first player in England to come out as gay in 1990, but in 1998 took his own life aged just 37 years old. He remains the only British male player to have publically come out while playing in the Football League. Thankfully, one team aiming to kick out the stigma is HotScots, Scotland’s very first LGBT+ football club. We chat to Alicia Hartman, chair of the club, to find out why they’re making sure the beautiful game is attractive for all.

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Hello, If a genie appeared and offered you three wishes, what would you choose? Whilst thoughts of living on a paradise island with a personal chef and marrying Leonardo DiCaprio are tempting, I think most of us would wish for the same thing – good health for ourselves, our friends and our family. You’re very lucky if you haven’t experienced a bout of ill health, or helped a loved one through a bad time with theirs. Most of us can recall a rush to A&E with a broken limb, a hospital birth or a visit to a family member with flowers and chocolates. And, for most of us in the UK, we need to thank the NHS for the care received. The National Health Service was one of the most discussed issues in the last election and every day we hear news of how its future hangs in the balance, with threats of privatisation and further cuts to the service. We are incredibly fortunate to have a service like we do, and whilst there are faults in any huge system, we should be grateful. This issue we’ve taken some time to get to know the people of the NHS – the patients, the nurses, the midwives, the paramedics, the blood donators and the cancer survivors. We take a look at how services compare across the globe and also how climate change is affecting our health (think of the implications of air pollution, flooding and drought), both now and in the future. With the scary changes happening to our planet, it’s more vital than ever that we protect the precious lifeline that is the NHS. Have a great month, Phillipa Editor