Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

You Can Play Forum to tackle homophobia and transphobia in sport

You Can Play Forum to tackle homophobia and transphobia in sport
November 3, 2014

Well known athletes, coaches and sporting personalities will come together this week for the You Can Play Forum, which aims to raise awareness and encourage people to tackle homophobia and transphobia in sport.

The Forum, being held in Canberra on the morning of Wednesday 5th November, will be available to watch via webcast at www.youcanplay.com.au, with attendees and watchers able to contribute to the Forum discussion through social media.

A joint initiative of the ACT Government, the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) and Play by the Rules, the Forum will discuss issues in relation to inclusive, safe and fair sport, with a focus on homophobia and transphobia.

Award winning broadcast journalist and SBS nightly World News anchor Anton Enus will facilitate the Forum which will include the following panellists:

• Andrew Barr – ACT Deputy Chief Minister 
• Gus Johnston – Anti-homophobia campaigner and former hockey player
• Clyde Rathbone – Retired Wallaby and Brumbies player
• Heather Reid – Chief Executive of Capital Football
• Dr Caroline Symons – Leading Researcher at Victoria University

In addition to the panellists, an audience, consisting of individuals who are involved in sport across a variety of roles and capacities, will share their thoughts and experiences, and contribute to a dynamic, engaging and informative discussion and debate on homophobia and transphobia in sport.

Introducing the Forum, ACT Minister for Sport and Recreation Shane Rattenbury explains “unfortunately, research indicates that there are still barriers to sport for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people, and anyone who has been out on the sporting field knows that there are still some elements of discrimination that occur.

“The Forum is an important initiative that aims to educate people and engage sport at all levels to address homophobia and transphobia, so that a more welcoming, safe and inclusive environment exists for everyone.”

Following the You Can Play Forum, the ASC will host a workshop with several national sporting organisations to determine how they can work together to remove homophobia and transphobia from their organisations.

ASC Chief Executive Simon Hollingsworth adds that “the ASC will continue to work with all stakeholders – including Play by the Rules and national sporting organisations – to end homophobia at all levels of sport.

“The diversity and experience of the panel highlights that anti-homophobic practices have the backing of the wider community.”

The Forum comes off the back of the Play by the Rules, You Can Play campaign which featured a range of athletes including David Pocock, Harry Kewell, Libby Trickett and Mitchell Johnson.

Play by the Rules National Manager Peter Downs concludes “the key message of the You Can Play campaign is that on the field it should not matter if you are gay or straight.

“If you can play, you can play.”

The You Can Play Forum takes place from 10.30am to 11.30am on Wednesday 5th November.

More information on the forum and how to watch the web-cast is available from www.youcanplay.com.au.

11th September 2014 - AFL REVIEWS AFL EUROPE AND ROYAL BRUNEI AIRLINES SPONSORSHIP OVER ANTI-GAY LAWS

31st August 2014 - BINGHAM CUP ORGANISERS REPORT ON ANTI-HOMOPHOBIA FRAMEWORK

28th August 2014 - STUDY REVEALS DISCRIMINATION IN SCHOOL SPORTING ENVIRONMENTS


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

Fitness On Demand

Fitness On Demand™ is a market-leading developer of virtual group fitness products. Our innovative video delivery systems offer robust content and a simple-to-use, comprehensive web app. Fitness…

read more

Fitness / Technology / Wellness

 
 

VLOCKER

Vlocker Pty Ltd has been designing, manufacturing, installing and servicing locker systems worldwide since 1995. Vlocker specialises in providing locker solutions to suit client requirements in…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Safety / Security / Venues

 
 

Centaman Entrance Control

Turnstile Entry Systems and Access Control Centaman Entrance Controls’ Award Winning Range of Access Control Systems includes tripod & triarm turnstiles, speedgates, full height…

read more

Access / Entertainment / Sport / Ticketing / Venues

 
 

Ecoline

Ecoline is a highly experienced and skilled company that offers world-first technology in safety, protects the environment and provides a unique and challenging custom-made adventure and educational…

read more

Attractions / Environment / Safety / Tourism

 
 

Fun Wheels Pty Ltd

Fun Wheels Pty Ltd are the premium dealer in Australasia for the Dutch company BERG’s commercial and domestic products. Our flagship product is their revolutionary pedal go-kart – the…

read more

Attractions / Tourism / Venues

 
 

Pico Play

Pico is a global leader in Total Brand Activation. We specialise in engaging people, creating experiences and activating brands. Leveraging a track record in experience design that spans half a…

read more

Attractions / Consultants / Design / Recreation / Venues

 
 

BioLab Australia Pty Ltd

BioGuard is Australia and New Zealand’s most trusted supplier of premium, innovative and affordable commercial water treatment systems and chemicals. BioGuard offers a comprehensive range of…

read more

Aquatics / Technology / Waterparks

 
 

Vticket

Vticket Pty Ltd is the Australian and New Zealand distributor for Gateway Ticketing Systems Inc., the world leader in high-speed access control, admission control and ticketing software for the…

read more

Attractions / Security / Technology / Ticketing / Venues

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business