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DM Weekly Digest 16/02/2024

80 Charities Find the British Countryside is a 'Racist and Colonial Space'

A group of 80 charities, including The National Trust and the RSPCA have released a report claiming the countryside is racist. Countryfile's Sean Fletcher says 'I tend to be the only black face when I'm filming. But I feel really passionately about making the outdoors available to everyone. Whether you're working class, black, whatever.' Watch here.

 

If you’re raging that ‘Netflix made Alexander the Great gay’, it’s time to learn some LGBTQ+ history

For centuries, LGBTQ+ lives have been wiped from the record – February represents a chance to celebrate their contribution, writes Matt Cain here.

 

Gay footballers are 'helping bridge gap'

Matt Morton, the manager of non-league Thetford Town FC in Norfolk, came out to his teammates in 2019 and said the response had been "overwhelming positive and emotional". Read more here.

 

More than 4,000 antisemitic incidents recorded by Jewish charity in UK in 2023

The figure is more than double the previous all-time high in 2021, and marks a rise of 589% compared to 2022. Read more here.

 

Selma Blair apologises for Islamophobic comment on social media

Actor admits she ‘mistakenly and inadvertently conflated Muslims with radical Islamists and fundamentalists’ in a now-deleted post. Read more here.

 

Sheridan Smith diagnosed with disorder that finally ‘makes sense’ aged 42

Sheridan Smith has revealed that she’s been recently been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, better known as ADHD. Read more here.

 

Ethnic minorities in England have worse access to GPs

Experts blame outdated funding model as Guardian analysis shows huge disparity with areas that have the most white people. Read more here.

 

Families of disabled people tell BBC of battle for NHS care support

Meanwhile, more than 100 families looking after severely disabled adults and children outside hospital, have told the BBC that the NHS is failing to provide enough vital support. Read more here.

 

'I'm here to defend my daughters and myself': Inside one of Sudan's combat training camps for women and girls

A school yard in Port Sudan where children studied and played before war came has transformed into a combat training site for women and girls. Read more here.

 

London Overground: New names for its six lines revealed

The Windrush community and England women's football team are among those who will have lines named after them. Read more here.

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