Unfair treatment based on someone’s sexuality – or assumptions about their sexuality – is discrimination and has no place in any sporting or recreation environment.
Many sports have now made it unacceptable to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or for spectators to vilify people with homophobic abuse at games, just as they have done for racial, gender and disability-based vilification and discrimination.
But the fact is, homophobia in sport still exists at all levels. And when homophobia is allowed to exist as standard practice in something as mainstream and everyday as sport, it marginalizes gay people and tells them ‘you don’t belong here’. There needs to be a collective effort from all to address this issue.
Play by the Rules has assembled a range of articles, videos, tools and education resources to help create awareness of GLBTI issues in sport. Check out the following:
- Go to the You Can Play website to see our media campaign and a host of video resources that address homophobia in sport.
- The Anti-homophobia Inclusion Framework for Australian Sport contains guidance on how sports can implement policies based on key pillars and action areas. Five of the major sporting codes in Australia have committed to creating such policies in 2014
- The Inclusive Sport Survey Report is a study completed by Sport amd Recreation Services on the sport experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people living in the ACT and its surrounding regions.
- Our ‘Got an Issue’ section has information on ‘homophobia and sexuality discrimination’ which includes examples of sexuality discrimination, harassment and homophobia in sporting clubs. This section has information for ‘Administrators’, ‘Coaches’ and ‘Players’, including: what to do now, what to do next and options/links for more information.
- Our online ‘Interactive scenarios’ on ‘Homophobia and sexuality discrimination’ provides: myths and stereotypes about homosexuality; the rights and responsibilities of club administrators, coaches and players in relation to sexuality issues in sport; and the actions administrators can take to provide positive leadership.
- A comprehensive fact sheet on ‘Sexuality and homophobia in sport’.
- Our ‘Legal section’ has information on discrimination laws, links to Equal Opportunity
- Commission contacts for complaints, and a fact sheet on ‘Sexuality discrimination’.
- Our ‘Club Toolkit’ includes a Member Protection Policy and Code of Conduct, which outlines points to consider regarding homophobia in sport.
- There are a range of articles for sporting organisations and clubs on GLBTI inclusion in sport in our ‘Media Centre’, including: ‘Out and About: Is your club really inclusive?’
- We recently engaged Pippa Grange, Director at Bluestone Edge and former General Manager, culture and leadership, with the AFL Players Association, to write an article titled ‘Homophobia: Breaking down the barriers within sport’ which explains the thinking behind some of the standard responses used to justify homophobic behavior in sport, the apathy towards addressing the issue, and the injurious effect these actions have on both individuals and sport in general.
- See our interviews on the issue of homophobia in sport with Caroline Symons and Peter Van Miltenburg.
- Also see the powerful and moving story of Gus Johnston, a young man passionate about his hockey (who played for Victoria and over 202 State League One games for the Essendon Hockey Club). Gus has shown courage and leadership off the pitch by producing a video to highlight his personal challenges and experiences in relation to his sexuality, and the homophobia he witnessed in his time in the sport.
Keep a look out on our website, facebook page and Twitter account for updates and for the latest relevant news items.