Kicking the B out of football

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I missed reading The Guardian's article, 'FA’s Greg Clarke: football has a serious issue engaging with LGBT people, last week. Partly that's because my first thought was 'Well, it'd help if they didn't get rid of the "game’s only openly bisexual male administrator" for pointing out that things were less than perfect in all sorts of equality areas.'

It'd also help if they didn't say after doing so that their Inclusion Advisory Board "continues to be advised by other lesbian, gay and straight allies on the board". (Or that the first person removed from the board in its first year made homophobic comments.)

Still, that was in 2014, and I'm sure that things have.. ha.

Clarke used the atmosphere he experienced at the Women’s FA Cup final on Saturday as an example for the men’s game to follow.

"I was at the Women’s FA Cup final and it was great, inclusive – there were gay people, straight people, transgender people, and it was a wonderful occasion," Clarke said.

This is what erasure looks like. (And, in case you're wondering, it's not just The Guardian erasing the B again, because the same quote is also in The Telegraph.)

Given that this was said at the LGBT equality charity Stonewall's 'Rainbow Laces' summit at Old Trafford, I'm sure someone from Stonewall pointed the omission out. They must have done so privately, because I can't find any evidence of it happening.

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