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#TransDayOfVisibility & Launch of TransHub

Trans Day of Visibility

International Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) is an event occurring annually on 31 March dedicated to celebrating transgender people and raising awareness of discrimination faced by transgender people worldwide, as well as a celebration of their contributions to society.

Transgender and Gender Diverse people aged 18 and over are nearly eleven times more likely to attempt suicide, eighteen times more likely to think about suicide, and are nearly 5 times more likely to be diagnosed with depression in their lifetime compared to the general population.

Sport should be a safe and welcoming environment for people with diverse genders and sexualities, and we aim so help sporting codes to achieve this, across Australia.

Beau Newell
National Program Manager
Pride in Sport – ACON’s Pride inclusion Programs

 


Learn & Celebrate

Statistics

Developed by LGBTI Health Alliance, This document aims to provide a snapshot of what is known of the current mental health and wellbeing outcomes of LGBTI people in Australia.

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Trans Blueprint

This blueprint outlines the key approaches required to improve the health outcomes of trans and gender diverse people and to strengthen the inclusion of TGD people within ACON’s programs and services.

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Sport Guidelines

Sport Australia partnered with the Australian Human Rights Commission and COMPPS to develop Guidelines for the inclusion of transgender and gender diverse people in sport.

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Language Guide

ACON’s Language Guide for Trans and Gender Diverse Inclusion explains key terms and offers examples of preferred language that can help us build safer, more inclusive environments for trans and gender diverse communities across Australia.

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Merchandise

Use this opportunity to show your support for trans and gender diverse people, and purchase trans pride pins and help support ACON’s Pride Inclusion Programs continue its great work.

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Media Guide

Writing a media release?
Pride in Sport encourages the use of the Australian Press Council’s Advisory Guideline for Reporting on persons with diverse sexual orientation, gender identity and sex characteristics.

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TransHub is Here


WATCH NOW: We are proud to bring you TransHub, ACON’s digital information and resource platform for all trans and gender diverse people in NSW, our loved ones, allies and health providers.

We are proud to bring you TransHub, a digital information and resource platform for all trans and gender diverse (TGD) people in NSW, our loved ones, allies and health providers.

This platform is an initiative from ACON, NSW’s leading health organisation specialising in community health, inclusion and HIV responses for people of diverse sexualities and genders.

TransHub offers the information that many of us so desperately needed, but didn’t have access to as we grew up or grew toward our most authentic selves.

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2020 Australian Pride in Sport Awards POSTPONED

ACON is Australia’s largest not-for-profit health organisation for people of diverse sexualities and genders. We are a fiercely proud community organisation, and our first priority will always be the health and safety of those we engage with: our colleagues, members, event attendees and all event partners.

As a result of Prime Minister Morrison’s weekend announcement on the cancellation of events with over 500 attendees and the need to seriously consider any other non-essential events or gatherings alongside social distancing protocols, we would like to inform you of the precautionary steps that we have taken to protect the health and safety of all.

Pride in Sport Awards and Australian LGBTQ Inclusion Awards (AWEI and HWEI)

As a result of government advice regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Australian LGBTQ Inclusion Awards, scheduled for 22 May 2020, and the Pride in Sport Awards, scheduled for 1 April 2020, have now been postponed. New dates will be announced shortly.

We do not want to postpone these important awards events but obviously, the timing could not have been worse. It is important however, that we celebrate the amazing work and achievements of those participating in the index, alongside the work of individual award nominees who have really made a difference in terms of inclusion.

We will update you with all details as soon as we have secured dates, but at this point in time, we are anticipating holding both the Australian LGBTQ Inclusion Awards and the Pride in Sport Awards later in the year.

Of course, we will refund full ticket prices for those who cannot attend on the rescheduled date. Any tickets reimbursed will be offered first to those on our waiting list and then opened to the general public.

AWEI, HWEI and PSI Awards Results

All those participating within the AWEI, HWEI or the PSI will receive their results by the date of the original awards event. Results will include your overall scorecard detailing all scores obtained, employee survey results for those that participated and an AWEI, PSI or HWEI 2020 electronic logo to show participation that you are free to use both internally and externally.

However, all employer, sport and health tier rankings (Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze etc) and associated index and individual award winners will not be announced until the rescheduled event later in the year.

 

 

Read full memo, here:

Finalists Announced for 2020 Australian Pride in Sport Awards

The finalists for the 2020 Australian Pride in Sport Awards have been announced. Now in its third year, the event – to be held on Wednesday 1 April in Melbourne – will see sporting identities, clubs and codes across the country gather to celebrate LGBTQ inclusion throughout Australian sport in 2019.

First held in 2018, the Australian Pride in Sport Awards is the first celebration of its kind dedicated solely to recognising exceptional efforts in making sport more inclusive of LGBTQ people. It is produced by Pride in Sport, the national not-for-profit sporting inclusion program spearheaded by Australia’s largest LGBTQ health organisation ACON.

This year, the Australian Pride in Sport Awards will feature international star Adam Hills as the keynote speaker. A five-time Gold Logie nominee, Hills is one of Australia’s best known comedians, hosting Spicks and Specks and Adam Hills Tonight. Hills has now taken the UK by storm with his own talk show on Channel Four, The Last Leg.

The cocktail evening will feature drinks and canapes at Showtime Events Centre on Melbourne’s South Wharf Promenade. The event will be hosted by Ladies Who League founder Mary Konstantopoulos. 

Konstantopoulos is a senior regulatory adviser at nbn, after previously spending five years as a lawyer at Clayton Utz in Sydney. She is the founder of Ladies Who League, a media company that champions women’s involvement in rugby league and has various spinoffs including Ladies Who Legspin and Ladies Who Lineout. As an ambassador for the Full Stop Foundation, Life Education and Women for Change, Mary tops this off with a recent appointment as a Board Member of Hockey Australia.

The Australian Pride in Sport Awards honours athletes, employees and organisations as it showcases the results of the Pride in Sport Index (PSI) – the national benchmarking instrument used to assess LGBTQ inclusion within Australian sport.

The Australian Pride in Sport Awards will feature a host of leading sporting and community figures, including Pride in Sport patron, World Cup and Ashes-winning cricket captain Alex Blackwell. Funds raised from the awards will support efforts making Australian sports inclusive of LGBTQ communities.

ACON Vice President and Co-Founder of the Pride in Sport Index Andrew Purchas said the awards builds on progress in achieving LGBTQ rights and ongoing work in making sporting arenas, fields, and spectator stands more inclusive.

“2019 certainly saw LGBTQ inclusion efforts by sporting codes, and the inclusion of LGBTQ players and athletes in general, dominate the headlines – for better or for worse – as well as in the national discourse,” Purchas said.

“The focus on LGBTQ inclusion, zero tolerance of homophobia and transphobia, not only within the corporate sector via their diversity and inclusion practices, but also within sport and society as a whole is unprecedented. Sport has the opportunity to ensure that this focus translates to meaningful societal change and is not just fad. Sport breaks down barriers. Sport aims to create a fair go for all.”

Pride In Sport National Program Manager Beau Newell added: “Many of Australia’s sporting organisations are recognising positive steps need to be taken to ensure your sexuality or gender identity does not impact your ability to play, watch or be involved with sport at any level. The Australian Pride in Sport Awards allows us to celebrate the outstanding achievements of clubs and individuals in improving and promoting LGBTQ inclusion within Australian sport.”

The 2020 Australian Pride in Sport Awards is on Wednesday 1 April 2020 6pm – 9pm at Showtime Events Centre, 61 S Wharf Promenade, South Wharf, Melbourne. For more information, click here.

 

 

2020 AUSTRALIAN PRIDE IN SPORT AWARDS FINALISTS

ALLY OF THE YEAR

  • Raelene Castle, Rugby Australia
  • Kara Montoneri, Pride Cup Australia
  • Kevin Roberts, Cricket Australia
  • Craig Tiley, Tennis Australia

COMMUNITY SPORTS AWARD

  • Bushrangers Basketball LGBTQ+ ‘Come Out and Play’ Campaign
  • Gippsland Rangers Roller Derby’s 1st Australian Roller Derby Pride Cup
  • Melbourne Rovers LGBTQ+ Soccer Program
  • Melbourne Uni Water Polo Pride Round

INCLUSIVE INITIATIVE AWARD

  • Glam Slam at the 2019 Australian Open
  • Inclusion of trans and gender diverse people in Australian Cricket
  • Pride Cup Australia
  • Proud Beaches Initiative

INCLUSIVE COACH OF THE YEAR

  • Ella Mason, Weightlifting
  • Penny Gulliver, Martial Arts

OUT ROLE MODEL OF THE YEAR

  • Caitlin Grigsby, Gippsland Roller Derby
  • Chris Bunting, Melbourne Uni Sport
  • Gary Driscoll, Lifesavers with Pride
  • Luke Major, Proud2Play

POSITIVE MEDIA AWARD

SMALL CLUB OF THE YEAR

  • ClimbingQT’s (Rock Climbing & Bouldering)
  • Gippsland Rangers (Roller Derby)
  • Bentstix (Hockey)
  • Bushrangers (Basketball)
  • Wallsend – West Newcastle Swans (Australian Rules Football)

 

 

N.B. Our aim is to announce four finalists across each category. Some categories have less, and some may have more. This has been due to either a lack of eligible nominations, or an excess of competitive nominations. 

About Pride In Sport

Launched in 2016, the PSI was developed in conjunction with the Australian Human Rights Commission, the Australian Sports Commission and Bingham Cup Sydney, alongside an advisory group comprising representatives from a range of peak sporting bodies including the National Rugby League, the Australian Football League, the Australian Rugby Union and Football Federation Australia.

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 people with diverse sexualities and genders across Australian sport. 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.

Pride in Sport is an ACON program, one of three within the Pride Inclusion Programs that specifically look at the inclusion of people of diverse genders and sexualities within sport, the workplace and health service provision.

 

 

Media Inquiries:

David Alexander, ACON Media and Communications
E: dalexander@acon.org.au T: (02) 9206 2044  
M: 0428 477 042

Surf Life Saving Australia Joins Pride in Sport

Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) has become the newest member of the Australian Pride in Sport program, committing to further develop and enhance the inclusion of people with diverse sexualities and genders across the Surf Life Saving movement.

SLSA joins the ranks of a host of other Australian sporting codes and associations including AFL, NRL, Cricket Australia and Rugby AU.

ACON Health’s Pride in Sport program is the only sporting inclusion program specifically designed to assist National and State sporting organisations and clubs with the inclusion of sexuality and gender diverse employees, participants, coaches, volunteers and spectators.

Adam Weir, CEO of SLSA, is excited about the opportunity that Pride in Sport will play when helping promote positive messages and examples around LGBTQ+ inclusion.

“Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) is pleased to have partnered with Pride in Sport. SLSA aims to make beaches across the country a completely inclusive place that everyone feels welcome”, Weir said.

“Surf lifesaving is for everyone and surf lifesavers come from all walks of life and help to create dynamic surf lifesaving clubs that are an integral part of local communities.”

“We want all of our members to feel safe, included and looked after irrespective of age, gender, ethnic background, sexual orientation and economic status.”

The announcement of Surf Life Saving Australia’s commitment to Pride in Sport aligns with the news that Lifesavers with Pride will feature as the principal float at the 2020 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade on February 29.

Lifesavers with Pride have been participating in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade since 2007 with current or previous surf lifesavers from clubs and states all over Australia taking part.

For the first time this year, there are representatives from each state in Australia coming together to perform in front thousands of spectators and special dignitaries including the New South Wales Premier, Sydney City Mayor and global pop sensation Sam Smith.

Surf Life Saving Australia and Lifesavers with Pride have been continuously working closely together to create a more inclusive, progressive and welcoming lifesaving culture for the LGBTQ+ community.

Beau Newell, National Program Manager of Pride in Sport Australia, 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 LGBTQ+ people has never been more important.

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

“Congratulations to Surf Life Saving for leading the way in changing Australia’s sporting and recreation culture, to be more inclusive.”

     

Kate Palmer to speak at Pride In Practice – Australia’s LGBTI Inclusion Conference

Kate Palmer AM is a leading Australian sport administrator, and will speak at the 2019 Pride in Practice – Australia’s LGBTI Inclusion Conference.

 

What is Kate speaking about?

Guidelines for the inclusion of transgender & gender diverse people in sport.

“These Guidelines provide practical assistance on how to create and promote an inclusive environment in Australian sport for transgender and gender diverse people. The Guidelines are relevant to all sporting organisations, from national sporting bodies, to state and local associations”, said Palmer in the guidelines document.

“Truly inclusive sport cannot be accomplished by a few; it must be done in partnership. Everyone across the sport sector has a part to play in being more inclusive, and there are already many great examples in sport of things that everyone can do. But there is still a long way to go. These Guidelines are designed to help us get there.”

 

Palmer will also facilitate an interactive panel discussion about ‘Improving Australia’s homophobic & transphobic sporting culture’, which will include:

  • Raelene Castle, CEO of Rugby Australia,
  • Ricki Coughlan (trans athlete), and
  • Andy Brennan (out athlete).

Click the below picture to view the full conference program.

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About Kate Palmer

Palmer was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Sports Commission in December 2016. Previous to this appointment, she was Chief Executive Officer of Netball Australia.[1]

Palmer has been leading figure in netball and Australian sport since the early 1990s. Palmer grew up in Shepparton, Victoria. She played netball for Victoria.[2] Palmer has a Honours Degree in Applied Science from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and a Masters of Sport Management from Deakin University.[3]

Palmer was the Chief Executive of Netball Victoria from 2000 to 2006.[1][4] In 2007, she was appointed as Chief Executive of Netball Australia and resigned in November 2016.[1][5] In announcing Palmer’s appointment as Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Sports Commission, Minister for SportSussan Ley stated “This is the first female appointment to the role in the ASC’s 31 years of operation, which is a significant personal achievement and milestone for Australian sport. Ms Palmer has an exceptional track record and is well placed to meet the challenges and opportunities of the future of sport in Australia.” [1]

Palmer’s roles outside netball include: Chair of the Victorian Institute of Sport (2010-2016), Trustee of the Melbourne Cricket Ground (2004-2015), Director of the International Netball Federation (2011-2015), Director of TTNL Ltd (ANZ Championship 2008-current), Panel Member of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Advisory Committee (2010-2014), Ambassador of ConnectGV and Director of Australian Commonwealth Games Association (2011).[1]

Palmer was awarded the AIS Sport Performance Awards Leadership Award for 2014 with Damien Marangon.[6]

In the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours Palmer was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in recognition of her “significant service to sports administration”.[7]

 

Join the sporting community to hear from Kate Palmer at this years Pride in Practice – Australia’s LGBTI Inclusion Conference.

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.”

 

ENDS

 

 

 

 

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.”

 

ENDS

 

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/

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Event Details

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