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    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 clubsRead More
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    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 sexualityRead More
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    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.Read More
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    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 AustraliaRead More
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    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 atRead More
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    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 DiverseRead More
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    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 isRead More
  • Putting the ‘T’ into LGBTI workplace inclusion

    24 SEPTEMBER 2018 By: Ben Allen, Emily Hall In a post-marriage equality world, there is a high risk that active support for LGBTI workplace inclusion initiatives will decline, writes Dentons' Ben Allen and Emily Hall. This much was made obvious in the Australian Workplace Equality Index’s 2018 Employee Survey Analysis, which found that 27Read More
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    The double-glazed ceiling: the struggle for queer women in the workplace

    Three-quarters of same-sex attracted women said stereotypes like “butch”, “man-hater”, and “aggressive” negatively impacted them and were the biggest barriers to being out at work. One third of same-sex attracted women are uncomfortable being out in the workplace, and many are fearful of being associated with harmful stereotypes, according to newRead More
  • 1 in 3 gay women say their sexuality affects career progression

    A survey of almost 1300 gay women has shed new light on the barriers still faced in Australian workplaces. Updated 1 August By Omar Dabbagh It has been revealed almost a third of gay women believe their sexuality is impacting their career progression, while a startling number say they are leaving jobs dueRead More
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    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 manyRead More
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    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 theRead More
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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 organisationRead More
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    Qantas CEO Alan Joyce Becomes Patron Of LGBTI Workplace Inclusion Program

    Qantas Group CEO, Alan Joyce AC, has today been announced as a co-patron of ACON’s national not-for-profit program for LGBTI workplace inclusion, Pride in Diversity. Mr Joyce will share the position with recently appointed patron and Chief Executive of the Business Council of Australia, Jennifer Westacott. Mr Joyce will take overRead More
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    Jennifer Westsacott becomes LGBTI Inclusion Program Patron

    Chief Executive of the Business Council of Australia, Jennifer Westacott, has today been announced as a co-patron of ACON’s national not-for-profit program for LGBTI workplace inclusion, Pride in Diversity. Ms Westacott will share the position with founding patron and former High Court Justice, the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG. Ms WestacottRead More
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    Homophobia is harmful to workers and businesses

    ­ This article was published on The Conversation on 21st March, 2017 and was authored by Raymond Trau, Lecturer, RMIT. Cathy Brown, Policy and Research Manager, Diversity Council Australia also contributed to the article. Homophobia is costly to workers and the businesses that employ them, research shows. Unfortunately, it’s still prevalent in Australia andRead More
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    Where do I go? Easy access to LGBTI support in the workplace.

    LGBTI employees may find themselves in sticky situations on a daily basis, some harsher than others, but the accumulative impact of micro-aggressions and discrimination can have a significant impact on one’s wellbeing and mental health. Unfortunately, in the 2016 Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) Employee Survey, only 45% out ofRead More
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    Transgender Day of Visibility- Is Visibility Enough?

    Visibility for transgender and gender diverse people provides a vital tool for workplaces working on improving inclusion for transgender and gender diverse people, but is visibility alone enough to build an inclusive society or even an inclusive workplace? Transgender Day of Visibility (31 March) is a day set aside to acknowledgeRead More
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    Why Benchmarking is so critical in Diversity and Inclusion

    While I think most Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) professionals would say that we have made some progress and that the business case for diversity is now widely acknowledged and communicated (even it is does sometimes appear a little well-rehearsed and a somewhat tired piece of diversity rhetoric), this D&I gameRead More
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    Maximising the Effect of LGBTI Inclusion Initiatives

    In the 2016 Australian Workplace Equality Index employee survey we asked employees of participating organisations whether they believed their organisation genuinely supported LGBTI inclusion. While 90% of the employees in our 10 top ranked organisations strongly agreed with the statement, only 66% of the employees in our 10 lowest rankingRead More
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    A Mental Health Check

    Source: This article was featured in the Australian Institute of Company Director's magazine, December 2016- January 2017 edition, authored by Domini Stuart. Untreated mental health disorders costs Australian employers $10.9 billion each year. Domini Stuart explains why now is the time for boards to address mental health issues in the workplace. InRead More
  • One in two LGBTI Australians hide their identity in the workplace

    One in two LGBTI Australians hide their identity in the workplace

    This article appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald, WA Today and The Age on Tuesday 4th October. Close to one in two gay, lesbian and transgender Australians hide their sexual identity in the workplace for fear being "out" could damage their careers. Dawn Hough, director of ACON's Pride Inclusion Programs, which collectedRead More
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    Ian Thorpe Joins Panel of OUT Athletes at MGFF

    “Many of Australia’s sporting organisations are recognising positive steps need to be taken to ensure your sexuality, gender identity or intersex status does not impact your ability to play, watch or be involved with sport at any level.” READ MORE HERERead More
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    Pride in Diversity and ACON are proud supporters of the Mardi Gras Film Festival, presented by QueerScreen, which starts two weeks from today, Feb 18 - Mar 3. Full program here Here are just some of the highlights: FEATURE FILMS THAT'S NOT US Three couples - one gay, one lesbian, one straight - on aRead More
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    ANZ Pride Network gives back… and plans to give more in 2016

    Encouraging ANZ Pride Network members to utilise their Volunteer leave with LGBTI organisations has been a priority in 2015, and we’re proud to say that our members have been out in force this year. In 2015, ANZ staff across the bank Volunteered 108,000 hours some of which were Pride Network membersRead More
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    LGBTI Diversity and Inclusion in Australian Media

    Like many of the new and emerging areas of LGBTI inclusion and diversity practice, media holds a special place in Australian society. Australian media can play an important role when it comes to the depiction of characters in TV shows and films. Just like the portrayal of a powerful female bossRead More
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    Sapphire event shines light on LBT Women in the Workplace

    Sapphire event shines light on LBT Women in the Workplace A panel of inspirational and "out" female role models, spoke openly about their personal experiences and challenges in the workplace and the community as part of Pride in Diversity's Sapphire event hosted by Clayton Utz Brisbane. Spanning three generations, the panellists -Read More

    What recruiters need to know about the companies they recruit for.

    Let’s talk diversity. It’s not just a buzz word. There are many organisations out there that are active in the diversity space, that genuinely value diverse talent and that see individual diversity as a strength, a competency, a unique value add for an employee. But while many employers talk diversity, weRead More


    LAST month at Pride in Diversity, we celebrated 100 members and in the short time since, our membership continues to grow. While we recognise that there is still much more to do, we celebrate the fact that employers are now seeing LGBTI inclusion as an integral part of their diversity andRead More
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    What ‘pride’ means for corporate Australia

    By David Brine, Co-chair – Commonwealth Bank’s LGBTIQ ‘Unity’ network It goes without saying in this world of corporate management speak, that most of us come to work every day looking to be blue-sky thinkers and to leverage every opportunity before we sync up, take it offline and touch base whileRead More
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    Let me challenge you on your use of the words Gender Diversity

    Most of us when we hear the words Gender Diversity think about the initiatives put in place by employers to create a greater gender balance throughout the organisation ensuring equity, greater career progression opportunities and pay parity for our female talent. But times are changing and the words Gender DiversityRead More
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    Pride in Diversity is excited to announce that we've signed the International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) as our 100th member. Commenting on this significant milestone, Mark Orr, ACON President, said: “With workplace equality now an integral part of many businesses in Australia, more and more companies are recognising the enormous value and benefitsRead More
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    Australia’s Top 20 Employers For LGBTI Employees 2015 Announced

    | From left to right: Michael Belmore, James Collins, Tanya Matthewson and Faris Cosic – Members Of PWC’s GLEE LGBTI Employee Group PwC has been named Australia’s Employer of the Year for 2015, the first time an employer has picked up the coveted title twice, at a special event recognising workplace supportRead More
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    AUSTRALIA’S public sector is falling behind on LGBTI inclusion, new research has revealed. Of the 20 highest-ranked organisations in the annual Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) of LGBTI friendly employers, only one-in-five comes from the public sector. Read the full article online here. Read More
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    Australian Financial Review: Pricewaterhousecoopers-wins-top-employer-for-lgbti-support

    At a slightly more than black-and-grey corporate event on Friday, professional services firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers, was awarded Australia's 2015 employer of the year for workplace support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. Westpac Group and Curtin University took out second and third place respectively in the Australian Workplace Equality IndexRead More
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    Here’s Australia’s 20 most LGBTI-friendly employers

    An awards luncheon today has announced Australia’s top 20 proudest local companies for their efforts with workplace support for LGBTI people. The event was hosted by Pride in Diversity, Australia’s first and only national employer support program for the inclusion of LGBTI people in the workplace. PwC Australia was given the topRead More
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    PricewaterhouseCoopers has been named Australia’s top employer for LGBTI people for 2015. The Australian arm of the global professional services firm topped a list of 20 organisations which were recognised today at a special luncheon in Sydney organised by Pride in Diversity, Australia’s first and only national employer support program forRead More

    GAY PAY GAP: The impact of orientation on salary & earnings growth

    Dawn Hough, Pride in Diversity, Australia There have been several reports and research studies over the last couple of years reporting on the pay gap between gay men, gay women and their heterosexual counterparts. In 2014, a study commissioned by World Bank and IZA World of Labor looking into Sexual orientation andRead More

    Australia and Hong Kong set to announce Top Employers: LGBTI Inclusion

    I had the absolute pleasure of spending several days in Hong Kong with Community Business last week, Hong Kong’s leading diversity advisors and advocates for LGBT workplace inclusion. Community business, with the recent launch of their inaugural LGBT workplace inclusion index have been running a campaign called #time4changeHK . After spendingRead More


    Dawn Hough, Director, Pride in Diversity (ACON) Pride in Diversity has been commissioned by Australian Human Rights Commission and Australian Sports Commission to develop an index to assess, measure and drive inclusive practice in Australian Sports.\ Pride in Diversity is best known for its internationally recognised Workplace Equality Index (AWEI), an annualRead More
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    Impossible to Measure LGBTI Workplace Inclusion? No!

    2015 marks the 5th year of the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI), Australia’s definitive national benchmark on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Intersex (LGBTI) workplace inclusion. The AWEI also comprises the largest and only national employee survey of its kind designed to gauge the overall impact of inclusion initiatives onRead More

    LGBTIQ Inclusion in Australian Universities – Raising the Bar

    Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the launch of the Australian LGBTI University Guide at the Australian Human Rights Commission Headquarters in Sydney. The guide is a joint effort from the Gay & Lesbian Rights Lobby, Sydney Star Observer, Out For Australia, Oii, and Transgender Victoria that seeksRead More
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    LGBTI Inclusion: Are Your Leaders Really Engaged?

    A panel I spoke on recently, sparked some interesting debate, which raised the question: "When it comes to inclusion and progressing the diversity agenda - are your leaders really engaged, or are they just paying lip service?" I know what I believe to be true. LGBTI Inclusion is unique, with more andRead More