Proud 2 Play’s mission is to ensure all LGBTI+ people feel safe and confident to lead healthy and active lifestyles in inclusive environments.

Sport and exercise are part of the fabric of Australian society. The physical, mental and social benefits of participation in sport are immense, and everyone in society should have the right to participate in sport free from discrimination. However, research has shown that 80% of people have witnessed or experienced discrimination in sport on the basis of sexuality and fewer LGBTI+ people participate in sport their heterosexual and cisgender counterparts.

No longer should sport be seen as a place where people don’t feel welcome based on their sexuality or gender identity. Proud 2 Play are here to encourage LGBTI+ people to lead active and healthy lifestyles through participation in sport, exercise, leisure and active recreation. Proud 2 Play actively work with the LGBTI+ community, sporting clubs and state and national sporting organisations to create participation opportunities, remove barriers and

tackle discrimination and hostility in the sporting arena in order to make sport a welcoming environment for all to enjoy.

Latest News

April 3, 2020

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The world of sport has always been a space of contention for LGBTI+ athletes. A study by Adelaide's Flinders University found that nearly 40 percent of respondents who participate in sports...

February 10, 2020

The Victorian sporting community came together during the Midsumma festival this year. From the 120,000 attendees who passed through our Sports Precinct at the Midsumma Carnival, to the 50+ cohort who marched with us alongside local clubs at the annual Pride March. 


November 11, 2019

Current Bushrangers president, Stella Lesic, founded the club in 2015 after moving to Melbourne and realising there were limited options for the LGBTI+ community to socialize outside of a drinking – heavy environment. Starting as a single team, the club has now grown t...

October 28, 2019

Last month Proud 2 Play were thrilled to welcome our new Chief Executive Officer, Christine Granger. Christine fills the role of outgoing Co-Directors, James Lolicato and Ryan Storr, who Co-Founded the organisation in 2016. James continues on with his incredible work a...

September 23, 2019

Emily Fox is a transgender athlete with a passion for footy and a desire to promote intersectionality and inclusion within sport for the future. A proud Hawthorn fan (going on 25 years of membership), Emily’s passion begun as a 12-year-old playing against under 16’s, t...

September 10, 2019

The Proud 2 Play Team, had a chat with Erica, following her appearance at the Wear it Purple Day, Panel Discussion at Cricket Victoria.

Q: To start us off Erica, can you give the readers an idea of your sporting journey, you have a real passion for cricket, so it would...

September 2, 2019

Last week was action-packed for Proud 2 Play, with two significant events celebrating Wear it Purple Day (officially held on Friday, 30th of October). The first being a panel discussion on the importance of LGBTI+ visibility and inclusive policy in sport followed by th...

August 25, 2019

It has been a big week of growth and expansion for Proud 2 Play with four new leading sporting organisations or organisations joining Proud 2 Play in their journey towards making their sports more inclusive of LGBTI+ people.

Netball Victoria, Gymnastics Victoria, Hockey...

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Proud2Play Incorporated is a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-For-Profit Commission.

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