Category : Sport

The call for NSO’s to work on LGBTIQ inclusion with Pride in Sport

Pride in Sport is calling on all National Sporting Organisations to partner with us to enhance their LGBTIQ inclusion initiatives, governance, visibility, education and more.

So, who are we?

Pride in Sport is Australia’s first and only sporting inclusion program specifically designed to assist National and State sporting organisations (NSO/SSO’s) and clubs with the inclusion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) employees, players, volunteers and spectators.

 

Pride in Sport Index

The Pride in Sport Index is an initiative of the Australian Human Rights Commission and the Australian Sports Commission and a legacy of the Bingham Cup, Sydney. Following the release of the Out on the Fields study in May 2015, the largest international study examining homophobia in sport, these organisations commissioned Pride in Diversity to develop a Pride in Sport Index.

The Pride in Sport Index™ (PSI) is the first and only benchmarking instrument specifically designed to assess the inclusion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex (LGBTI) people within Australian sport and sporting organisations. Participating in the index will allow Australian sporting organisations to not only assess their own practice, but determine that which constitutes good practice, along with the ability to benchmark their own initiatives against an external measure and other sporting organisations.

An advisory group was established to assist Pride in Diversity in the development of the Pride in Sport Index. The advisory group included; the National Rugby League (NRL), the Australian Football League (AFL), the Australian Rugby Union (ARU), Football Federation Australia (FFA), Cricket Australia, Swimming Australia, Water Polo Australia, Basketball Australia and Golf Australia.

To find out more on the Pride in Sport Index, click here.

 

Membership Program:

The Pride in Sport membership program is designed to:

  • Assist Australian sporting organisations with all aspects of LGBTI inclusion as it pertains to their sport and those working within the sporting organisation;
  • Work with members to achieve best practice as benchmarked by the Pride in Sport Index (PSI);
  • Create better health outcomes for LGBTI players, coaches, fans and others by creating inclusive spaces though the reduction of homophobia, stigma and discrimination.

To find out more about the Pride in Sport Membership Program, please click here.

 

Who has already worked with us?

Over the history of the Pride in Sport program, the following NSO’s have either been a principle partner, joined our membership program, participated in the Index (PSI), and/or contracted us for consulting/education:

You can view our current member list, here.

 

Whats next?

There are three aspects we are strongly encouraging NSO’s consider. They are;

  1. Participate in the Pride in Sport Index (PSI). It’s FREE, and you don’t have to be a member. It’s the best way to measure your LGBTIQ inclusivity.
  2. Join as either a Principle Partner or Standard Member of Pride in Sport. Membership comes with a large range of benefits, and is tailored to what you need.
  3. Engage us to deliver education/training sessions to your staff, leaders, board, states and athletes. Training can be delivered as a part of your membership, or though a fee-for-service model.

 

Who to contact:

To ask questions, get quotes or just find out more, please speak to:


Beau Newell
National Program Manager
E: beau@prideinsport.com.au
M: 0429 196 108

 


Sport Australia has been an ongoing stakeholder in the Pride in Sport program, and will also be too happy to share their insights and advice on moving forward with any of the three above actions to take. Feel free to contact –
Merrilee Barnes
Director Safe & Inclusive Sport.
E: merrilee.barnes@ausport.gov.au

Macquarie University commits to improving LGBTIQ participation

Macquarie University has become a key partner in the Australian Pride in Sport program, committing to further develop and enhance LGBTIQ participation across all its Campus Life sport and recreation departments.

Run by ACON, an organisation that supports LGBTIQ health in Australia, Pride in Sport is Australia’s first and only sexuality and gender-diverse sporting inclusion program. It is specifically designed to assist sport and recreation organisations at all levels with the inclusion of LGBTIQ employees, players, coaches, volunteers and spectators.

This initiative supports Macquarie University’s whole-of-community approach to diversity and inclusion, and its ongoing commitment to creating a positive and supportive campus environment for all its students and staff.

The University is a long-standing member of Pride in Diversity, a national not-for-profit employer support program for all aspects of LGBTIQ inclusion, and was recognised as a Silver Tier Employer in the 2018 and 2019 Australian Workplace Equality Index, the national benchmark for LGBTIQ inclusion in the workplace.

Being a Pride in Sport member means changing practices and working towards a more inclusive, safe and healthy sporting environment for people with diverse sexualities and genders.

“Macquarie is dedicated to providing inclusive, welcoming and safe programs for our communities,” says Sophie Curtis, Manager of Sport Development and Partnerships at Macquarie. “Sport and recreation is an integral part of the student experience, and through greater education and awareness we’re committed to delivering meaningful change. We’re excited about this opportunity to work alongside the team at Pride in Sport, and look forward to the journey ahead.

“We are proud of our achievements to date and will continue to do all that we can to foster a culture where our LGBTIQ students and staff feel accepted for who they are, can study and work in an environment free from bullying, discrimination or harassment, and can fully participate in the life of the University and the community more broadly.”

Data from the Out on the Fields study showed that 80% of people have either witnessed or experienced homophobia in sport, with 75% believing that an openly gay person would not be safe as a spectator at a sporting event.

Data from the National LGBTI Health Alliance also shows that LGBTIQ young people aged 16 to 27 are five times more likely to attempt suicide compared to the general population, with transgender people aged 18 and over nearly 11 times more likely.

Beau Newell, National Program Manager of Pride in Sport, said actual and perceived social exclusion is a leading cause of preventable death in Australia, and creating a much healthier and safer sporting culture for LGBTIQ people has never been more important.

“By joining Pride in Sport and working with ACON, Campus Life at Macquarie is showing the community that they care about the health and wellbeing of their athletes, members and students,” Newell said.

“Congratulations to Macquarie for leading the way in changing Australia’s sporting culture, to be more inclusive.”

 

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ABOUT PRIDE IN SPORT

 

Pride in Sport is a national not-for-profit program that assists sporting organisations and clubs with the inclusion of LGBTIQ employees, players, volunteers and spectators. It is part of ACON’s Pride Inclusion Programs, which provides a range of services to employers, sporting organisations and service providers with support in all aspects of LGBTIQ inclusion. All funds generated through membership and ticketed events go back into the work of Pride in Sport, actively working alongside sporting organisations, clubs and participants to make Australian sport inclusive of LGBTIQ communities. For more information, visit the Pride Inclusion Programs website here.

 

ABOUT THE PRIDE IN SPORT INDEX

 

The Pride in Sport Index (PSI) is an independently administered benchmarking system that provides the opportunity for all national and state sporting organisations to have their LGBTI related initiatives, programs and policies reviewed, measured and monitored. An initiative of the Australian Human Rights Commission, the Sport Australia (prev. Australian Sports Commission) and a legacy of the Bingham Cup Sydney 2014 (the world cup of gay rugby), it was developed alongside an advisory group that includes representatives from the National Rugby League (NRL), the Australian Football League (AFL), the Australian Rugby Union (ARU), Football Federation Australia (FFA), Cricket Australia, Swimming Australia, Water Polo Australia, Basketball Australia and Golf Australia. For more information, visit the Pride in Sport website here.

 

 

Media Enquiries:

David Alexander, ACON Media and Communications

E: dalexander@acon.org.au

T: +61 (02) 9206 2044 | M: +61 0428 477 042

Lucy Mowat, Media Adviser, Macquarie University

E: lucy.mowat@mq.edu.au

T: (02) 9850 1055

Touch Football Australia Commits To Improving LGBTIQ Participation

Touch Football Australia (TFA) has become the newest member of the Australian Pride in Sport program, committing to further develop and enhance the inclusion of LGBTIQ participation in the sport of touch football.

Run by ACON, Pride in Sport is Australia’s first and only sexuality and gender diverse sporting inclusion program. It is specifically designed to assist National and State sporting organisations and clubs with the inclusion of LGBTIQ employees, players, coaches, volunteers and spectators.

Being a Pride in Sport member means changing practices and working towards a more inclusive, safe and healthy sporting environment for people with diverse sexualities and genders.

Jamie O’Connor, CEO of TFA, is excited about the opportunity that Pride in Sport will provide when helping promote positive messages and examples around LGBTIQ inclusion.

“Touch Football Australia is pleased to have partnered with Pride in Sport,” said O’Connor.

“It’s part of TFA’s strategy to make Touch Football a completely inclusive sport that everyone feels welcome to play. We aim to provide a place on the field for everyone, so Pride in Sport’s values really align with those of our sport.”

Data from the Out on the Fields study showed that 80% of people have either witnessed or experienced homophobia in sport, with 75% believing that an openly gay person would not be safe as a spectator at a sporting event.

Data from the National LGBTI Health Alliance also shows that LGBTIQ young people aged 16 to 27 are five times more likely to attempt suicide compared to the general population, with transgender people aged 18 and over nearly eleven times more likely.

Beau Newell, National Program Manager of Pride in Sport, said actual and perceived social exclusion is a leading cause of preventable death in Australia, and creating a much healthier and safer sporting culture for LGBTIQ people has never been more important.

“By joining Pride in Sport and working with ACON, Touch Football Australia is showing the community that they care about the health and wellbeing of their players and members,” Newell said.

“Congratulations to Touch Football for leading the way in changing Australia’s sporting culture, to be more inclusive.”

 

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Download PDF. Media Release here.

 

Media Enquiries

David Alexander, ACON/Pride in Sport Media and Communications
E: dalexander@acon.org.au
T: +61 (02) 9206 2044 | M: 0428 477 042

Alice Ellis, Touch Football Australia GM – Marketing and Communications
E: alice.ellis@touchfootball.com.au
T:+(02) 9359 8500 | M: 0436 668 327

Hockey Australia Join Pride in Sport

Hockey Australia and its Member Associations have signed up to the Pride in Sport Index, making a public commitment to the inclusion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) employees, players, volunteers and spectators in hockey. Hockey Australia has also joined Pride in Sport as a Member, said Hockey Australia CEO Matt Favier.

“Hockey has long been recognised as an inclusive sport. We are proud to have an even split of male and female participation, and to pay our players the same regardless of sex. We are proud to have players of all ages and abilities in our hockey family.

“We have long considered our sport inclusive of players, volunteers, spectators and employees of all backgrounds, including all sexual orientations and by joining Pride in Sport as a member, we are now making a very public statement about our commitment to that inclusion,” said Favier.

Hockey Australia is joined by Hockey NT, Hockey Queensland, Hockey ACT, Hockey NSW, Hockey Tasmania, Hockey Victoria, Hockey SA and Hockey WA in today’s commitment, showing a united approach to inclusion across Australia.

The step has been welcomed by hockey players from the LGBTI community, with Presidents from LGBTI hockey clubs Perth Pythons and Sydney Bentstix acknowledging the move as important for our sport.

“We are so excited to see our peak body proactively promote diversity and inclusion because fundamentally these are the core values that create stronger, better communities.  It means everyone involved in hockey, from players through to spectators, know they can participate as their true authentic selves,” said Reid Smith, President of the Perth Pythons.

His club has been recognised for leading the way in sport, taking home the 2019 LGBTI Community Sporting Award for community sporting clubs and initiatives that make an “outstanding contribution to the broader role of LGBTI inclusion within Australian Sport” last night.

Smith’s views were supported by Presidents Oliver Barrett and Joanna Lamb from the Bentstix Hockey Club.

“Bentstix Hockey Club, Sydney, wholeheartedly congratulates Hockey Australia for joining Pride in Sport Australia. HA’s support for inclusion in sport is hugely important, not only to us as the world’s longest running LGBT+ hockey club but also for every club and player across our country. It sends a strong message that anyone, regardless of sexuality, should feel included in the hockey family.”

Pride in Sport is Australia’s first and only sporting inclusion program specifically designed to assist National and State sporting organisations (NSO/SSO’s) and clubs with the inclusion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) employees, players, volunteers and spectators.

National Sports Convention to feature Pride in Sport

Melbourne, Australia – The National Sports Convention 2019 is Australia and New Zealand’s leading gathering of sport, government, education, health, commercial, leaders, policy makers and providers in the physical activity, recreation and community sports sectors.  Today marks the official release of the 2019 convention program which will take place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on 23rd to 25th July 2019.

The focus of this year’s collection of conferences, forums and events is:

Reimagining Sport

More people active with greater participation opportunities

Developed with Sport Australia, Sport New Zealand, Australia’s eight State and Territory Departments of Sport and Recreation and many other key peak sport, recreation, government, health and education  bodies. Each of the conferences and knowledge sharing events will focus on the challenge of how to get more people moving, keeping them active and how to best provide opportunities to be part of community sport.

Aiming to attract the industry leaders, future decision makers and practitioners,  focusing on providing them with an understanding of global practices, policy and strategy guidance together with case studies from across Asia-pacific , encouraging delegates to take back learnings and tools to their workplace.

To achieve Sport Australia’s 2030 Vision as part of the National Sports Plan, our industry needs to embrace successful global initiatives and align with our own opportunities and challenges to deliver real change. Most countries are committed to activating their communities and have embraced different approaches to plan, influence policy and provide those opportunities. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has been a key driver in this space and the NSC welcomes Fiona Bull as one of its Key Global Thought Leaders to explain how their Global Action Plan on Physical Activity can be embraced nationally and locally. She will be joined by Steven Ward (UK Active CEO) and Peter Miskimmin, Sport New Zealand CEO) explaining the approach they are taking.

Sport Australia, CEO said:

“Sport Australia, together with State and Territory Agencies for Recreation and Sport and Sport New Zealand, are pleased to support the 2019 National Sports Convention (NSC) in its third year at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

This convention is central to building capability of our industry’s people and organisations by bringing together more than a dozen conferences, forums, masterclasses and events, and hosting over 150 leaders across the sport and physical activity sector to share their knowledge, expertise and passion.

The 2019 program supports Sport 2030 and its focus on more Australians moving more often. We must act now to keep pace with the ever changing challenges and needs of the modern world, we have a once in a generation opportunity to transform Australians and position ourselves to meet these challenges and ensure we are building a proud, strong, resilient, healthy and dynamic future for Australia through sport and physical activity.”  Kate Palmer, Chief Executive Officer – Sport Australia

The Structure of the National Sports Convention 2019 has evolved this year to have a range of smaller conferences, forums and workshops that are intimate and interactive, with a series of larger Plenary Sessions around the key opportunities that the industry is facing: Facilities, Participation, Management, Systems Approach, Diversity and Inclusion.  Each morning all delegates will come together for the Global Thought Leaders Keynote Sessions for global inspiration and to appreciate the conversations that we need to have here in Australia.

Wednesday 24th July – Global Thought Leaders Session 1
Reimagining Sport to Achieve Sport Australia 2030 Vision, the World’s Most Active and Healthy Nation

For Australia to be the most active and healthiest nation by 2030 as a sector we need to embrace a different approach. What can be learned from the World Health Organisation (WHO), who are promoting this global action plan and the approach that the UK health and fitness sector has taken to achieve a larger target audience? From these inspiring approaches the panel will explore the learnings for our local environments.

Thursday 25th July – Global Thought Leaders Session 2
Focusing on Future Generations – Our Children are Our Future

Our future generations could possibly have a lower expected life expectancy than current generations, by exploring evidence-based report cards and initiatives that have made a difference over 20 plus years, what are the priorities that we can embrace locally to make a difference to current and future generations of children?

 

Full Program can be found at https://www.nationalsportsconvention.com.au/programs/

Follow the National Sports Convention on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter
#NSConvention #Moveit #Findyour30 #PrideInSport

 

Event Details

National Sports Convention
23rd – 25th July 2019
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

 

Pride in Sport, LGBTI+ inclusion orgs and the AFL offer statement to transphobic behaviours.

6 March 2019

RE: TRANSPHOBIC BEHAVIOUR DISPLAYED BY SAM NEWMAN

Pride in Sport, in conjunction with Pride Cup Australia, Stand Up Events, Proud 2 Play, AFL Pride Collective, and in association with the AFL, offer the following statement regarding transphobic behaviour recently displayed by Sam Newman on social media.

Transgender and Gender Diverse people experience disproportionately higher rates of mental health issues and low rates of participation in sport through fear of discrimination or harassment. In recent years, the Australian sporting community have advanced their practices to match the expectations of wider society by increasing their acceptance of Trans and Gender Diverse people and we urge prominent members of the sporting community to follow suit.

Pride in Sport strongly believe in basing discussions around inclusion on evidence-based research and facts, not on assumptions. Research undoubtedly documents the negative impact of transphobia on the Transgender and Gender Diverse community[1]. We also wish to highlight the positive role sports organisations can play in providing inclusive, safe and affirming environments for Transgender and Gender Diverse athletes[2]. This is especially important for young Transgender and Gender Diverse people as without adequate support, many will contemplate self-harm and even suicide[3].

Sam Newman’s recent post on social media is harmful and insulting towards Transgender and Gender Diverse people. His comments do not align with the way in which Australians expect Transgender and Gender Diverse people to be treated in this country and are baseless, untrue and disrespectful. Athletes do not transition their gender to gain greater advantage in sport; they do to ensure they can live a life as their true and authentic selves. Sam Newman’s comments only bring harm to a population that already face numerous challenges that cis-gendered individuals will never have to face.

The AFL is currently working on their community football Transgender and Gender Diverse inclusion policy and has a zero-tolerance approach to unfair discrimination on the basis of Gender and Sexuality. AFL’s General Manager of Inclusion and Social Policy, Tanya Hosch, said, “This commentary is ignorant and designed to humiliate. The AFL is proud to work with the LGBTI+ community to ensure our sport is welcoming and inclusive, and these comments are damaging to young trans people, and the broader LGBTI+ community.”

Proud 2 Play’s Events and Outreach Manager Bowie Stover, who is also a Gender Diverse Athlete, said, “We have seen first-hand the positive impacts that arise when Trans and Gender Diverse Australians are encouraged and supported by sporting associations, clubs and prominent figures in the sporting community.”

“We want to see positive representation of the Trans and Gender Diverse sporting population to grow and for the mainstream community to understand the benefits in promoting inclusion in sport. We are pleased to see the AFL offering their support to the LGBTI+ community and showing a top down approach to tackling discrimination.”

Transgender Australian Handball player Hannah Mouncey, who has been at the centre of Transphobic abuse in sport, said, “I too, am well aware [sic] of what Transphobic attitudes in our community can cause to Trans and Gender Diverse individuals. It can cause not only a perception of fear for the LGBTI+ community but can also push young people from ever getting involved in sports in the first place.”

“We must call out transphobic actions and language whenever and wherever we can, to make sure sport becomes a platform for inclusion and diversity and not a statement of exclusion.”

As a collective of organisations working to ensure equitable access for all people in sport, the above organisations express our wholehearted support for the Transgender and Gender Diverse community. It is not acceptable to degrade or bully anybody. We encourage the media and other sporting organisations to share in our stance and to adopt a zero-tolerance approach to discrimination in any form.

 

Media Contacts:

Pride In Sport: Beau Newell (Available for comment on request to Bnewell@acon.org.au)

Proud 2 Play: Dr Ryan Storr and Bowie Stover (Available for comment on request to info@proud2play.org.au)

Stand Up Events: Angie Greene (Available for comment on request to Angie.greene@standupevents.com.au)

Pride Cup: James Lolicato and Kara Montoneri (Available for comment on request to James@pridecup.org.au)

Hannah Mouncey: (Available for comment on request via Proud 2 Play info@proud2play.org.au)

 

 

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[1] Smith, E., Jones, T., Ward, R., Dixon, J., Mitchell, A., & Hillier, L. (2014). From Blues to Rainbows: The Mental health and wellbeing of gender diverse and transgender young people in Australia. Melbourne: The Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health, and Society

[2] Victorian Equal Opportunities and Human Rights Commission. (2017). Guidelines: Trans and gender diverse inclusion in sport. Date Accessed: 5/9/2017. URL: https://www.humanrightscommission.vic.gov.au/home/our-resources-and-publications/eoa-practice-guidelines/item/1560-guideline-trans-and-gender-diverse-inclusion-in-sport-complying-with-the-equal-opportunity-act-2010

[3] Strauss, P., Cook, A., Winter, S., Watson, V., Wright Toussaint, D., Lin, A 2017, Trans Pathways: the mental health experiences and care pathways of trans young people. Summary of results. Telethon Kids Institute, Perth, Australia.

Deakin University becoming LGBTIQ+ leader offering paid gender transition leave

DEAKIN University will be the first Australian university to launch paid leave to support staff undergoing a gender transition.

The new policy will be announced to the university’s 4700 staff today.

Chief operating officer Kean Selway said Deakin considered staff diversity as a great strength and a valued asset to its community.

“Deakin is committed to diversity in the higher education sector and we recognise the rights of our LGBTIQ+ staff to live and work free of prejudice and discrimination, with all the essential freedoms enjoyed by other members of our university community and the broader population,” Mr Selway said.

“A gender transition usually includes social, medical and legal aspects and staff have told us that this can be a particularly difficult and challenging time.

“That’s why Deakin is now the first university in Australia to provide up to 10 days paid leave to support staff undergoing a gender transition.

“Under Deakin’s existing leave provisions, all staff experiencing exceptionally difficult personal circumstances can, with the support of management, apply for ‘special leave’ directly to the Vice-Chancellor.”

Mr Selway said that until now, that was the only option for people undergoing a gender transition, and that Deakin recognised the need for a specific leave entitlement.

“The paid leave is backed by a new gender transition policy which provides security and clarity around the process for Deakin staff who are undergoing a gender transition,” Mr Selway said.

“Fostering a genuinely inclusive environment affords all our staff and students a sense of belonging and an equal chance of success whether it be through study or work.”

The policy is considered a significant step forward in Deakin’s ambition to be a leading LGBTIQ+ inclusive educator and employer.

Deakin developed the policy with input from Transgender Victoria, Trans-Medical Research from the University of Melbourne and Pride in Diversity — a national not-for-profit employer support program.

Deakin launched its LGBTIQ+ 2017-2020 Plan last year.

 

[Source: Geelong Advertiser, 24 October 2018]

Australian LGBTI Inclusion Awards 2018: And the winners are …

Professional Services firm EY has been named Australia’s 2018 Employer of the Year for LGBTI inclusion at the Australian LGBTI Inclusion Awards, hosted today by ACON’s Pride in Diversity – the national not-for-profit employer support program for LGBTI workplace inclusion.

More than 700 business leaders, diversity champions, HR professionals and many more actively working on LGBTI inclusion came together at the Hyatt Regency in Sydney to celebrate the results of Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI); a rigorous, evidence-based benchmarking instrument that assesses workplaces in the work and impact of their LGBTI inclusion initiatives.

In 2018, for the first time, there was significant shift in the makeup of top employers. Traditionally dominated by financial and professional services, this year saw representation from various levels of government (Australian Taxation Office and Brisbane City Council), retail (Woolworths), higher education (RMIT University), energy & resources (AGL Energy) and religious organisations (Uniting).

Twelve organisations were awarded Gold Employer status, with an additional four being awarded Platinum for the longevity of their high performance spanning at least four of the last five years (Westpac, LendLease, Accenture, Commonwealth Bank).

This year’s awards were attended by a record number of CEOs and Australian business leaders, including Qantas CEO and Pride In Diversity co-patron, Alan Joyce, and Luke Sayers, CEO of Pricewaterhouse Coopers, who picked up this year’s CEO of the Year Award for his role in LGBTI inclusion.

Director of ACON’s Pride Inclusion Programs (which incorporates Pride in Diversity, Pride in Sport and Pride in Health+Wellbeing) Dawn Hough said: “The AWEI has seen remarkable growth over the first eight years of its life; this year we see the most significant change in the diversity of our top employers and a much higher growth in participation of our small employers which we are delighted about”.

The AWEI saw 135 employers across Australia participate this year (both small and large employer indices), a 16 per cent increase on 2017 participation. The employee survey attached to the index received 23,130 responses, an increase of 38 per cent. Participation by small employers rose by 120 per cent this year with Key Assets, The Children’s Services Provider (Australia) taking out Small Employer of the Year Award.

“ACON congratulates all award winners recognised today on their significant achievement and for showing great leadership in the area of diversity and inclusion,” Ms Hough added.

Pride Inclusion Programs will next celebrate LGBTI inclusion within Australian sport with the inaugural Australian Pride in Sport Awards in Melbourne on 19 June. Held at the Showtime Events Centre, the awards will honour national and state sporting organisations, clubs and individuals as it showcases the results of the Pride in Sport Index (PSI) – the national benchmarking instrument used to assess LGBTI inclusion within Australian sport.  The event will be hosted by renowned Australian sports journalist, Tracey Holmes, and attended by Pride in Sport co-patrons Alex Blackwell and Daniel Kowalski, along with several other high profile athletes.

2018 Australian LGBTI Inclusion Awards Recipients

Employer of the Year: EY

LGBTI Employee Network of the Year: Prism, EnergyAustralia

CEO of the Year: Luke Sayers, PwC

Platinum Employers: LendLease, Accenture, Westpac, Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Gold Employers: ANZ, Uniting, AGL Energy, Australian Taxation Office, Mercer (Australia) Pty Ltd, Brisbane City Council, Clayton Utz, RMIT University, Deloitte Australia, Deutsche Bank Australia, Woolworths, EY

Small Employer: Key Assets, The Children’s Services Provider (Australia)

Most Improved Employer: TAL

Trans/Gender Diverse Inclusion: Uniting

External Media Campaign: Hold Tight, ANZ

Executive Leadership: James Collins, PwC

Network Leader of the Year: Mark Hodgson, Alcoa

Out Role Model: Angus Lonergan, YMCA NSW

Sapphire Inspire: Kimberly Olsen, Uniting

The Sally Webster Ally Award: Melissa Tandy, ANZ

Image: 2018 Employer of the Year EY with Pride in Diversity co-patron Alan Joyce and ACON President Justin Koonin 

Bloomberg office lights up for IDAHOBIT

Pride will again shine bright in the heart of Sydney’s Central Business District when the office rooftop of technology giant Bloomberg lights up in rainbow colours to commemorate International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), and as a demonstration of their commitment to LGBTI inclusivity in the workplace.

As one of the world’s leading technology companies providing global business and financial information and news, Bloomberg will be conducting a rainbow lighting of its Sydney office rooftop at One Bligh Street for over two weeks starting on IDAHOBIT on May 17.  The lighting will also celebrate NSW’s leading LGBTI health organisation ACON and its Pride Inclusion Program’s 2018 Australian LGBTI Inclusion Awards on May 25.

Established in 2009 by ACON, Pride Inclusion Programs consists of Pride in Diversity, Australia’s not-for-profit employer support program for LGBTI workplace inclusion, which publishes the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI), Australia’s national benchmark for LGBTI inclusion acknowledging top employers for LGBTI people since 2010.

Along with Pride in Diversity, Pride Inclusion Programs also comprises of Pride in Sport and Pride in Health+Wellbeing – a suite of initiatives that assists sporting organisations and healthcare service providers with all aspects of LGBTI inclusion.

Along the same vein, the new sector-neutral Bloomberg Gender Equality Index (GEI) was launched in January 2018, on the principle of providing data transparency across internal company statistics, employee policies, external community support and engagement, and gender-conscious product offerings on some of the largest firms globally. Five firms from Australia feature in this index, including ANZ, Bank of Queensland, Fortescue Metals Group, National Australia Bank and Westpac. The sector-neutral Bloomberg GEI follows the release of the Bloomberg Financial Services Gender-Equality Index (BFGEI), launched in 2016.

Erika Irish Brown, Bloomberg’s Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion said:

“More than 97% of our employees have now completed our unconscious bias training and more than 5,000 dedicated individuals globally – about one in four of us – are members of Communities at Bloomberg. These employee-run forums foster and support a more diverse and inclusive environment by enabling employees to serve as culture carriers, role models, and brand ambassadors, while also expanding their professional networks and enhancing their leadership and management skills. Bloomberg’s diverse workforce and open culture are essential to innovation and the key to our success worldwide, so we are very proud to support IDAHOBIT and the values it stands for.”

ACON’s Pride Inclusion Programs Director Dawn Hough added: “LGBTI workplace inclusion has historically been little understood or acknowledged in Australian workplaces. Now it stands as one of the fastest growing areas of diversity and inclusion practice for businesses. The AWEI is acknowledged internationally as a gold standard benchmarking instrument – this year over 130 employers participated across all states and sectors and over 23,000 individuals participated in employee survey,”

“This is a testament to Australian employers, the incredible work that they have done for almost a decade. We have been honoured to be a part of that journey. I would like to acknowledge Bloomberg for their visual show of support for IDAHOBIT and the Australian LGBTI Inclusion Awards. This speaks to the importance of the work we all do and something all employers can be extremely proud of.”

Image courtesy Bloomberg

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Australian business, sport and health leaders to champion LGBTI inclusion

Six extraordinary and influential LGBTI Australians, internationally-recognised as leaders in their respective fields, have been appointed patrons of landmark LGBTI inclusion initiatives spearheaded by ACON: Alan Joyce AC, Daniel Kowalski OAM, Alex Blackwell, Kerryn Phelps AM, Michael Ebeid AM and Jennifer Westacott

Established in 2009 by NSW’s leading LGBTI health organisation ACON, Pride Inclusion Programs comprise a suite of initiatives that assists employers, sporting organisations and healthcare service providers with all aspects of LGBTI inclusion. These include Pride in Diversity, Pride in Sport and Pride in Health+Wellbeing.

In recognition of their outstanding contributions towards progressing LGBTI inclusion within Australian sport – on and off the field – Olympic champion Daniel Kowalski and world-leading cricketer Alex Blackwell have become the inaugural patrons of Pride in Sport.

Professor Kerryn Phelps, a City of Sydney Councillor and leading LGBTI health advocate, joins SBS CEO and Managing Director Michael Ebeid as inaugural patrons of Pride in Health+Wellbeing, a program that provides support to organisations in the health sector in delivering LGBTI inclusive services.

They join recently appointed patrons to workplace inclusion program Pride in Diversity, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce and Chief Executive of the Business Council of Australia Jennifer Westacott, both of whom take over from founding patron the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG, who is stepping down from his role after eight years.

In welcoming the new patrons, ACON President Dr Justin Koonin said each extraordinary appointee brings a wealth of experience in leadership from the corporate, health and sporting sectors, and their appointments as patrons will combine to build energy and momentum to Pride Inclusion Programs’ ongoing efforts in advancing LGBTI inclusion.

“Even with the successful passage of marriage equality legislation in 2017, there is still a tremendous amount of work to be done in ensuring our workplaces, sporting environments and health services are welcoming and inclusive of LGBTI people,” Dr Koonin said.

“The appointments of these outstanding Australians will go a great way in providing additional expertise. As corporate, sporting and health leaders and prominent champions for diversity, their involvement will galvanise support for a more inclusive environment for all Australians.

“I wish to both congratulate and thank all of our new patrons for their leadership, their wisdom and their commitment to our Pride Inclusion Programs, and wish them every success as new patrons of these vital social inclusion initiatives.”

Dawn Hough, Director of ACON’s Pride Inclusion Programs, added: “It is a privilege for me to welcome each one of these incredible LGBTI leaders as patrons of our Pride Inclusion Programs. I believe all of our programs will benefit greatly from the added capabilities they will all bring.”

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