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Take me out to the ball game

KATIE MARGARET HALL DISCOVERS WHY SOFTBALL IS ONE OF THE MOST ACCESSIBLE SPORTS AROUND

Hear terms like “making it to third base”, “striking out” or “double play” and you might be forgiven for thinking we were talking about a night out on the pull in Soho. But there’s somewhere else LGBTQ women are scoring home runs, and that’s on the softball diamond.

Often described as a mix between baseball and rounders, and accompanied by the revelation that the ball is not soft at all, slow-pitch softball has had somewhat of a recent and rapid rebirth in the UK. Historically, the sport has been played sporadically, and dominated by cis male players. It wasn’t until corporate teams, filled with expats, boomed in the 80s and 90s that softball became something of a phenomenon here, now played by over 18,000 people on a regular basis. Elsewhere, and in the US in particular, softball has an anecdotal association as a popular game amongst LGBTQ women. Now slow-pitch softball in the UK is predominantly co-ed (mixed-gender teams to us Brits) and played recreationally and competitively in parks up and down the country during the summer months.

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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!