Lucy had her second final sign off for surgery at the GIC in January so we are now just playing the waiting game for the hospital to contact us and get that ball rolling. She had been unwell since before Christmas up until the middle of January where it turns out a problem with her thyroid was causing all sorts of issues (and possibly the heart attacks last Christmas). These seem to be sorted now after a change of medication with a couple of follow up appointments over the coming months.
So back to the subject of this blog. To coincide with the start of February being LBGT+ history month Lucy was interviewed and filmed by Sky Sports for a feature about what it is like to work in the game when you are out and also interviewed by The FA talking about how her first term as English footballs first transgender ref had gone. Both articles were released online and she received lots of positive feedback.
I mentioned in a previous blog post that Lucy had been asked to present at an event for Just A Ball Game? (JABG?) which was being hosted by The FA at Wembley Stadium, what a venue!! We knew a little about the organisation but we now know they do an awful amount of work toward their goals and need to be commended and supported and all this was started 8 years ago by Lindsay England, what a woman! They have some well known patrons, a couple of which are Sophie Cook (the 1st transgender football photographer) and Adam McCabe (an American gay footballer) and lots of support from the LGBT+, football and non football communities. They are promoting the hashtag #strongertogether on social media.
|Up on the terraces|
|Neville Southall and Adam McCabe as part of one of the open discussion panels|
|Lucy presenting during her workshop|
|Lucy as a child in football (can you spot her?) and refereeing now|
The whole day proved to be a very informative and was great for networking and building alliances. We met lots of very interesting people including Greg Clarke, The FA Chairman, and quite surprisingly my blog was mentioned a few times by several different people (hello if you are one of those). This was the first time that JABG? had done an event like this and we both thought it was very beneficial and worthwhile and hope to be involved in any further events like this in the future. While we were there a photographer from a French magazine which is doing a piece on Lucy came down to take some pictures of her and Adam McCabe recorded a podcast interview with us which will be available shortly. We also met up with Jon Holmes the Sky Sports journalist that had done the recent piece on Lucy.
|Us with Jon|
As we had been there from early morning until late in the evening it was interesting to watch the maintenance of such a high profile and famous pitch. They had been working on it on and off throughout the day and had grow lights all over it. As it got darker, the lights were more obvious and it just looked amazing.
As we were leaving the famous arch was all lit up with LGBT+ colours which was a sight to see. What a day!