In a few short years, Proud 2 Play have helped shape the landscape of sports inclusion for LGBTI+ people in Victoria, and parts of Australia. We approach LGBTI+ inclusion in sport from all angles to provide grassroots organisations, clubs, state and national sporting organisations and other sporting associations with education, inclusive policy and procedure, inclusive events and improvements in LGBTI+ visibility in their sport. Through these approaches, we estimate to have supported over 1,000 LGBTI+ community members in sports inclusion.
Education is one of the most powerful tools for equipping people with the capacity to promote LGBTI+ inclusion in sport. Proud 2 Play have a long history of providing education around LGBTI+ inclusion to over 50 clubs, sporting associations, local governments and at physical education teacher groups. Topics covered in our education sessions include the basics around LGBTI+ inclusion, how to identify and respond to discrimination or harassment, and marketing and media strategies for handling LGBTI+ issues.
Delivering education at the 2018 Community Tennis Forum during the Traralgon Pro Tour Pride In Tennis event.
Annual physical education teacher forum (supported by City of Stonnington and Inner East Local Learning and Employment Network)
Group education delivered to employees and community members from Cricket Victoria, Tennis Victoria, Football Victoria and Athletics Australia
Through inclusive policy review and development, Proud 2 Play are able to create positive change within sporting organisations from the top down. We have supported over 30 sporting organisations to make steps to review inclusion in their policies to better support the LGBTI+ community. A leadership team a standard for inclusion through inclusive policy has a flow on effect throughout organisations; it sends a powerful message to the LGBTI+ community that these are safe environments to be in, and it provides opportunities for participants, coaches and volunteers to learn about inclusive practices in an environment they know they will be supported.
Advisors to VEOHRC Trans and Gender Diverse Sport Guidelines 2018
Advisors to AHRC and Sport Aus and Gender Diverse Sport Guidelines 2018/19
Advisor and Authors Cricket Victoria Trans and Gender Diverse Participation Guidelines
Proud 2 Play are experienced facilitators of running inclusive sporting events, which provide pathways for LGBTI+ people to engage in new sporting environments. These inclusive events are ran as a combination of standalone events or more extensive programs that take place over a number of weeks. Running these events in conjunction with inclusion champion clubs provide a sustainable pathway to LGBTI+ sports participation where new participants will know they continue to be supported in those clubs long after these events are over.
Curating the annual Proud Cricket Program in conjunction with Cricket Victoria
Wear It Purple community sports day
Running 10 'Come and Try' sessions across various sports
There is a growing body of research documenting the state of LGBTI+ inclusion in sport in Australia and internationally, the benefits of participation and challenges organisations may be faced with when creating inclusive environments. We believe in the power of using evidence-based research to underpin our actions. We regularly conduct this research ourselves in conjunction with sporting organisations and universities. To find out more, visit our Research section.
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Proud 2 Play operate in all levels of the sporting community to work towards creating more inclusive environments for LGBTI+ people. We have partnered with a host of community sporting clubs, elite sporting clubs, State Sporting Organisations, National Sporting Organisations and other supporting organisations to deliver these inclusive sporting opportunities. We know that inclusion in sport cannot happen overnight; Proud 2 Play believe in offering ongoing support to our partners to ensure true progress is made in supporting inclusion in their sports.
One of our largest supporters is Sport and Recreation Victoria, who share our vision to increase the diversity and inclusiveness in sport and recreation.