“I got a lot of people just patting me on the back and saying ‘well done, it doesn’t matter that you are gay’.”
In August 2017, Ryan Atkin became the first man refereeing in England’s professional leagues to come out as gay.
Since then, he has gone from working as an assistant referee in the English Football League to refereeing in the National League this season.
From running the line to being the man in the middle, he has been nominated has been named as one of Stonewall’s Sport Champions for 2019.
Before the charity’s Rainbow Laces campaign, which started on Friday and is aimed at tackling homophobia in sport, Atkin spoke to the BBC’s LGBT Sport Podcast and says he hopes that others can follow in his footsteps. More
The first black woman to become a Church of England bishop has been consecrated at St Paul’s Cathedral.
The Rev Dr Rose Hudson-Wilkin was consecrated as the Bishop of Dover during the ceremony in London.
Dr Hudson-Wilkin said: “I’m excited, I’ve got lots of new people to meet, to get to know, and that fills me with joy.”
The former chaplain to the speaker of the house succeeds the Rt Revd Trevor Willmott who retired in May.
Dr Hudson-Wilkin was 14 when she joined the ministry and said she never thought becoming a bishop would be possible. More
Diabetes Day is 14 November, with that in mind we have chosen Henry Slade as
our Inspirational Diversity Champion of the Month.
Henry is a
professional rugby player who signed his first professional contract with Exeter
Chiefs at the age of 18, the same year in which he also developed type 1
adapted to life with diabetes but admitted there was a moment he thought his
career may have come to a premature end.
He could not understand how he could continue to play and have diabetes.
he was told his rugby career would not be jeopardised, providing he was able to
control his diabetes. He quickly educated
himself on what management routines worked for training and matches, what
worked best for himself and took advice from fellow rugby professional Chris
Pennell who is also diabetic.
not let his diabetes hinder any of his ambitions. He was called into the
England squad in 2014 and is currently part of the England Squad at the World
Cup in Japan.
if diabetes has changed him, he answered: “I wouldn’t say it’s changed my life.
The way I look at it is you can’t change what’s happened to you. I’ve got
diabetes and it’s something I just have to live with.
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