It is brilliant news that Philippa York, a trans woman and former elite cyclist, will be a pundit on ITV4’s Tour de France coverage.
As an LGBT person who lives for riding my bike and loves watching cycling, this is a huge deal.
There are very few openly LGBT people in any public role in the sport, and women, BAME and disabled people are notably under-represented on TV cycling coverage.
I want to thank Philippa for coming forward and being a role model
The lack of role models from different backgrounds will go some way to explain why these groups are less likely to cycle themselves.
I want to thank Philippa for coming forward and being a role model to other LGBT people in cycling. And I tip my cycling cap to Cycling News for giving Philippa the space and support to tell her story.
A sensitive, thoughtful media is vital
A sensitive, thoughtful media is vital for giving LGBT sports people the confidence to be themselves in public.
We run the Rainbow Laces campaign and work with organisations across sport so that all LGBT people feel welcome and accepted in every sport, as fans, as participants, as pros.
We hope to work with Philippa and with key cycling bodies and the cycling media to keep celebrating LGBT inclusion in this brilliant sport.