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Roberts slams Australian sports for failing to curb homophobia

Roberts slams Australian sports for failing to curb homophobia

(Reuters) – Ian Roberts, the first elite rugby league player to come out as gay, said Australian sport had not done enough to stop homophobia, as studies on Wednesday highlighted the level of discrimination faced by young LGBT+ athletes. Two Monash University studies found most LGB athletes were unwilling to reveal their sexuality to team […]

Rugby: Ex-Wallabies Palmer humbled by support after coming out as gay

(Reuters) – One-test Australia prop Dan Palmer said he was humbled by the support he had received after becoming the first Wallabies player to come out as gay. Palmer, in a column for the Sydney Morning Herald last month, wrote of mental health issues and drug problems while coming to terms with his sexuality, triggering […]

Australian sports set guidelines for inclusion of trans athletes

Australian sports set guidelines for inclusion of trans athletes

(Reuters) – Eight Australian sports federations, including peak bodies for tennis, rugby union, and Australian Rules football, issued guidelines on Thursday aimed at encouraging the participation of transgender athletes. The initiative is designed to break down the stigma faced by trans and gender-diverse people, and offer pathways from community sport onwards, tackling an issue where […]

Australia: Murray backs calls to remove Margaret Court’s name from arena

Australia: Murray backs calls to remove Margaret Court’s name from arena

(Reuters) – Andy Murray thinks the Australian Open should consider removing Margaret Court’s name from the arena at Melbourne Park, as he says the multiple Grand Slam champion’s values are at odds with what tennis stands for. The 78-year-old Court, who holds the all-time record of 24 major singles titles, has been heavily criticised for […]

Diversity-themed games can change player behaviour, says study

Diversity-themed games can change player behaviour, says study

(Reuters) – Holding professional sports games with diversity themes, such as LGBT rights, can help change the discriminatory behaviour of athletes, according to an academic study released by an Australian university on Thursday. Themed matches and rounds of matches in sports leagues around issues such as racism, sexism, and homophobia, have become increasingly popular in […]

Australia: ‘Both are perfect’ says lawmaker with two trans children

Australia: ‘Both are perfect’ says lawmaker with two trans children

Australian lawmaker, Andy Meddick, admits he did not have the “best reaction” seven years ago, when his son, Eden, now 21, came out as transgender, but he was ready the second time around. When Meddick’s older child also transitioned gender, he posted a ‘birth announcement’ on Twitter, wading into a vicious [..] war that pits […]

Australian fights homophobia with World Gay Boxing Championships

Australian fights homophobia with World Gay Boxing Championships

Lying sick in hospital, Martin Stark was not only worried about his poor health – the gay boxer was also crushed by the news that boxing had been dropped from the 2022 Gay Games. So the 45-year-old Australian decided to create another LGBT+ sports festival to achieve his dream of competing on the world stage.

Queensland first Australian state to ban gay conversion therapy

Queensland first Australian state to ban gay conversion therapy

Queensland has become the first state in Australia to criminalise so-called gay conversion therapy after regional lawmakers voted on Thursday to make the practice illegal. Under the new law, healthcare professionals could face up to 18 months in jail for attempting to change or suppress a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity using practices such […]

Australia’s First Gay Indigenous Speaker Promises Reform

Australia’s First Gay Indigenous Speaker Promises Reform

The first gay Indigenous Speaker in an Australian parliament said he wanted to see more minorities in politics, and would start by bringing Aboriginal art into the building. Chanston ‘Chansey’ Paech, who made history as Australia’s first gay Indigenous lawmaker in 2016, holds the most senior position in the parliament of the Northern Territory, a […]

Australia moves to ease rules on gay blood donors

Australia moves to ease rules on gay blood donors

Australia is set to ease rules on gay and bisexual men donating blood, health officials said on Friday, a move decried as “window dressing” by LGBT+ groups, who criticised restrictions that would remain in place. The proposed change – which needs to be approved by federal and state governments – would cut a 12-month waiting […]