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DM Weekly Digest 20/11/21

Disability History Month: 'Disabled isn't a dirty word'


Disability History Month kicked off this week and its founder says disabled people in the UK need more support to tackle disablism and outdated stereotypes about disability. Read more here.


Wrong disability benefits decision overturned ‘every minute of the working day’


Disabled people applying for benefits should have the option to have a specialist assessor examine their case to avoid millions of pounds being wasted on fixing wrong decisions, campaigners have said. Read full story here.


Trans Awareness Week: Goal Diggers FC's Paula Griffin on beating cancer, coming out, and finding inclusive football


Trans Awareness Week also took place this week. Joining Goal Diggers FC, an inclusive club for women and non-binary people based in east London, was a major milestone for Paula Griffin in her transition. To mark Trans Awareness Week, she tells Sky Sports why allyship is so affirming, and discusses her passion for Dulwich Hamlet FC here.


Clive of India statue in Shrewsbury should go, says descendant


‘I’ve always wished it wasn’t here,’ Earl of Powis tells Sathnam Sanghera for C4 series on imperial legacy. See more here.


The law is failing domestic abuse victims in England and Wales. But we can change it


The six-month limit on reporting assaults too often allows the perpetrators to escape justice, writes Yvette Cooper here.


Alex Hales pictured in blackface as English cricket handed a new blow


Cricket’s bruising week took yet another hit on Thursday night when the former England batsman Alex Hales admitted painting his face black for a New Year’s Eve party in 2009. Read full story here.


Stonewall boss says charity had no real influence on BBC


The leader of LGBTQ+ charity Stonewall says the organisation has not had "any real influence" over the BBC's editorial policy and output. Read more here.


Saurabh Kirpal: The man who could be India's first openly gay judge


And ending on an international story. Supreme Court panel in India has recommended the name of an openly gay lawyer to be a judge in what is being described as a "milestone" for LGBTQ rights. Legal journalist Suchitra Mohanty reports here.