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GOVERNMENT REJECTS CALLS TO MAKE “CONVERSION THERAPIES” ILLEGAL

A petition titled Make Offering Gay Conversion Therapy A Criminal Offence has over 11,600 signatures on parliament’s petition page and is still gathering support. But Liverpool Echo journalist Josh Parry, who started the petition, has been told that there is no intention to discuss legislating against gay conversion therapy. A statement from the Department of Health said: “The government totally condemns any attempt to treat being gay, lesbian or bisexual as an illness. However, the government does not believe creating a criminal offence is the right way forward.” Sign the petition at tinyurl.com/divasign

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We’ve scored big this month, netting a photo shoot with WNBA legend Sue Bird. In an exclusive cover interview with DIVA editor Carrie Lyell, Bird opens up about her 15 seasons in the league, her relationship with US soccer star Megan Rapinoe, and tells us why it’s taken her until now to talk publicly about her sexuality. Also in this issue… DIVA Power List 2017: Who are your movers and shakers of the past 12 month? “I could fall in love with anybody” - singer songwriter Rae Morris chats to DIVA’s Roxy Bourdillon about sexual fluidity Model Queers: We meet the badass women challenging beauty ideals Lucie Barât: “We’re all rock and roll” She shoots, she scores: We catch up with gifted striker Lianne Sanderson The family who play together: Some of our favourite sportswomen thank their loved ones Do you speak #Lesmoji? Try our film quiz. PLUS: Travel, family, reviews and more!