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After the Olympics: why I’m missing Clare Balding

LESBIAN, BI AND TRANS WOMEN HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE REPRESENTED ON THE AIRWAVES, SAYS BBC NEWSCASTER JANE HILL

Are you perhaps reading this copy of DIVA with the Paralympics on in the background? In our house, we’ve been loving the summer of sport, gripped by the achievements of Team GB in Rio.

We’re not alone: more than 11 million people watched the competition in the velodrome the night Laura Trott and Jason Kenny both won gold. And that means an awful lot of people were thrilled not only by the performances of our sportsmen and women (more about them later), but spent two and a half weeks glued to television fronted by Clare Balding. Which got me wondering, not for the first time, why is Clare still one of only a handful of gay, bi or trans women with a prominent role on our airwaves?

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This month’s cover features some of the movers and shakers on the first ever DIVA Power List as voted for you. Also in this issue… Black History Month: Inspirational women who deserve to be remembered Vicky Beeching on keeping the faith after coming out as lesbian BBC newsreader Jane Hill is feeling blue post-Rio Phyll Opoku-Gyimah speaks to lesbian and bi asylum seekers Heather Peace takes on gendered toy manufacturers Kesiena Boom: Why Theresa May is bad news for lez/bi women Is sex education in schools fit for purpose? Roxy Bourdillon finds out How to deal with homophobic micro-aggressions in the workplace Interviews with Sarah Walk, Cheryl Dunye, Rebekah Staton and Roxane Gay. PLUS: travel, family and much, much more!
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