BBC Radio presenter Shivani Dave comes out as non-binary live on air

BBC radio presenter Shivani Dave used their show to come out as non-binary live on-air.

The BBC Radio Wiltshire presenter said they ‘don’t identify with being a man or woman’ during their programme on Monday, as part of a Pride special.

They explained: ‘Coming out is something a lot of us feel like we should do, and it isn’t just a one time thing either.

‘It’s something that we have to keep doing over and over and over again.’

Kicking off with Diana Ross classic I’m Coming Out then playing a track by Sam Smith – who is also non-binary – Shivani told their listeners: ‘Non-binary actually means a lot of different things to different people.

‘For me, it just means I don’t identify with being a man or woman. I’m sort of outside those two options – I’m just a person.’

‘You know what I said about coming out over and over again? I just did it.’

Shivani, who is bisexual, released a statement after the show saying: ‘In coming out so publicly I hope to show other non-binary people that they should be proud to embrace who they are.’

They added that they ‘hope to empower’ other BAME LGBTQ+ people who are ‘an unheard minority in the queer community’.

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