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DM Weekly Digest 05/05/2023

Baroness Benjamin says inclusion for King's coronation shows he's embracing diversity


Former television presenter Baroness Benjamin has praised King Charles for his coronation selection, saying her inclusion for the historic event shows he is embracing diversity. Read more here.



Commonwealth Indigenous leaders demand apology from the king for effects of colonisation


Meanwhile, Australians have joined Indigenous leaders and politicians across the Commonwealth to demand King Charles III make a formal apology for the effects of British colonisation, make reparations by redistributing the wealth of the British crown, and return artefacts and human remains. Read more here.



Wheelchair user left to crawl off Ryanair plane in Sweden


In what appears to be an increasingly frequent incident, Adrian Keogh, from Wicklow in Ireland, was told assistance would take an hour after his flight landed at Landvetter Airport in Sweden on Saturday. Read more here.



NHS must ‘urgently’ publish data on mental health checks for pregnant women, say top doctors


NHS trusts failing to report figures on mental health checks for mothers, warns Royal College of Psychiatrists. Read more here.



Uganda anti-gay laws: Beaten and forced to flee for being LGBT


Last month the Ugandan parliament passed an anti-homosexuality bill that meant anyone who identifies as LGBT could face life in prison. That part has now been removed in a slightly watered down version but it's still one of the toughest pieces of anti-gay legislation in Africa. Read more here.



Eurovision 2023: Contest inspires Ukraine's LGBT troops


As 2022 Eurovision winner, Ukraine is guaranteed a place in the Eurovision final on 13 May. When TVORCHI takes the stage in host city Liverpool, it will be a moment to savour for the country's LGBT troops. Read more here.



Essex pub that displayed racist dolls closes after boycott by suppliers


A pub being investigated for an alleged hate crime over the display of racist dolls has closed for business after a boycott by three of its suppliers. Read more here.



SDLP candidate hits out as funding for free period products in schools nearly halved


SDLP election candidate Pat Catney has expressed ‘despair’ about cuts in funding for free period products in schools across Northern Ireland. Read more here.



Disability Price Tag 2023: the extra cost of disability


This report by Scope highlights the increasing cost of specialist equipment, higher usage of everyday essentials and energy, and an inadequate welfare system, are all making it harder for disabled households to meet the extra cost of disability. Read more here.



King Charles III: An alternative guide to the Coronation


The last mention of the coronation (we promise!), but if you want to avoid all the pomp and ceremony, here are five tips for an alternative Coronation weekend. Read more here.