Saturday, January 23, 2010

LGBT History Month is fast approaching, and this year rugby player Gareth Thomas will be a new patron. Sue Sanders of Schools Out told Pink News: "We're going to be focussing in 2011 and 2012 on sport in the run-up to the Olympics. It's just wonderful that Gareth is going to be there. ... We feel passionately that there's a lot of work to be done around the whole issue in sport so it's great that Gareth is going to be there supporting us."

Last month, neither CBBC's Newsround nor Sportsround reported the news of Gareth Thomas coming out as gay, although it was widely reported elsewhere, including on the BBC. LGBT History Month will be an ideal opportunity for CBBC to make amends for the omission. Let's hope they do so.

On Friday the BBC announced a new consultation into how the lesbian, gay and bisexual community is portrayed across all the BBC's services.

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