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The Daily Recap - 29th October 2021



Texas Bans Transgender Girls From Playing Sport with Other Female Athletes


Texas Governor Greg Abbott has yet again signed another controversial bill dismissing women's rights.


The Republican has signed a bill that bans all transgender schoolgirls from participating in sports teams with other girls.

LGBTQIA+ protesters in Texas. Source: Dallas News

From January 18, transgender girls in the state of Texas can longer play on teams that correspond with their gender identity.


This ban will effect students from primary school all the way to university.


GLAAD spokesperson Mary Emily O'Hara says this bill is the "latest angle to attack LGBTQ rights."


"Women's sports have real challenges, none of which have anything to do with transgender girls," she says, "[more pressing issues] include pay disparity, sexual abuse and harassment, and not enough media coverage."




Flight Attendants Strip Off Uniforms in Protest of Airlines' Working Conditions


A group of flight attendants gathered in Rome’s Capitoline Hill to protest the working conditions of ITA airways.


The women stood in rows and stripped off their airline work uniforms, afterwards chanting "we are Alitalia!"


Earlier this month ITA airlines replaced Alitalia as Italy’s flagship airline.


With Alitalia ceasing operations, ITA airlines brought over many of the former Alitalia employees.



However, since the takeover many of the flight attendants have experienced sufficient pay cuts and poorer working conditions.


And not everyone was able to keep their jobs after the airline took over Alitalia.


Out of the the 10,000+ employees, less than 3,000 were actually hired by ITA airlines.


The women stripped off in one of Rome's busiest city squares. Source: Alamy Live News

A spokesperson for the group said the choreographed protest was designed to show solidarity with colleagues "who were forced to sign a humiliating and mortifying company contract."


ITA airways have yet to comment on the protest.



Josh Cavallo is the First A-League Male Footballer to Come Out as Gay


Adelaide United footballer Josh Cavallo has come out as gay.


He is the only male player in any top flight soccer team to come out as gay while still active in the sport.

Australian professional footballer Josh Cavallo. Source: 10 Play

The 21 year old says he's been hiding his sexuality for over 6 years.


“Being a gay closeted footballer, I’ve had to learn to mask my feelings in order to fit the mould of a professional footballer," he says, "growing up being gay and playing football were just two worlds that hadn’t crossed paths before - I’ve lived my life assuming that this was a topic never to be spoken about.”



Josh says there are many other players “living in silence” and hiding their sexualities from the public.


“I hope that in sharing who I am, I can show others who identify as LGBTQ+ that they are welcome in the football community," he says, "as the game of football keeps expanding, I want to help evolve the game even further, and let other players in my situation feel that they’re not alone.”




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