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Commission backs Pride in Sport index

Ian Thorpe, Pride in Sport

Six major Australian sporting codes have agreed to an initiative designed to measure and improve support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people.

The Pride in Sport Index  (PSI) – endorsed by the Australian Human Rights Commission – will be used by the Australian Rugby Union, National Rugby League, Australian Football League, Football Federation of Australia, Cricket Australia and Water Polo Australia.

The index will regularly measure how sporting codes support their LGBTI players, staff, spectators and supporters.

“All people have the right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, regardless of their sexual orientation, sex or gender identity,” said Human Rights Commission president, Professor Gillian Triggs.

“The Australian Human Rights Commission welcomes the release of the inaugural Pride in Sport Index as an important contribution to ongoing efforts to overcome the barriers that prevent lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender diverse and intersex people from participating in sport.

“The Australian Human Rights Commission looks forward to continuing to work closely with our partners to address the separate and specific barriers to participation in sport that transgender, gender diverse and intersex people face.”

The PSI provides the opportunity for all national and state sporting organisations to have their LGBTI related initiatives, programs and policies reviewed, measured and monitored.

PSI results will be published every year to show how participating organisations measure up, and awards will be provided to participating organisations and individuals demonstrating excellence in the promotion of LGBTI inclusion.

The PSI initiative follows the release last year of the Out On The Fields study, which found only 1 per cent of respondents felt that lesbian, gay and bisexual people were accepted in sporting culture.

Out On The Fields found almost 80 per cent of respondents believed that openly lesbian, gay or bisexual fans would not be safe as spectators.

Photo: Ian Thorpe, courtesy of Pride in Diversity.