The term LGBTIQ+ is often used to refer to an individual’s identity in relation to their sexual orientation or gender.
It is used to represent lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and other identities related to sexual orientation and gender identity.
Discrimination based on these identities has been reported in sports for a long time, and homophobia and transphobia are still common in sport in Australia, with detrimental impact on health and wellbeing.
Many LGBTIQ+ people don’t see sport as a safe space where they can participate because of the continued prevalence of discrimination and hostility. Recently, there has been increased effort to address these issues with programs and initiatives like Pride in Sport and Rainbow Roadmap.
Best practice examples
VICTENNIS – GLAM SLAM
Organised by VicTennis, the Glam Slam provides an opportunity for members of our diverse community to partake in The Australian Open. The event offers a genuine Grand Slam experience with a range of different activities held during the Australian Open. The Glam Slam represents diversity inclusion, gender equality and sports promotion, increasing the visibility of our diverse community and building stronger and more cohesive social connections.
Pride Cup is a movement in community sport that provides accessible support and education about LGBTIQ+ inclusion. Sports and clubs can register their Pride Cups, or book educational sessions and workshops on inclusion. Pride Cup events can be an instrumental step in creating more long-term and positive change for LGBTIQ+ communities in sport.
PROUD 2 PLAY/ VICSPORT – RAINBOW ROADMAP
In partnership with VicSport, Proud 2 Play has launched a rainbow roadmap to prepare sporting organisations to become rainbow ready. The five-step process requires organisations to engage with LGBTIQ+ communities, to ensure that their policies, programs, and processes ensure that LGBTIQ+ people have positive and safe experiences in sport.