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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. 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