Sport should be a welcoming space that provides empowering experiences for all, Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins said at the launch of the National Guidelines for the inclusion of transgender and gender diverse people in sport.
Sport and human rights leaders are encouraging all Australians to “stand for inclusivity”, launching new guidelines that promote the inclusion of transgender and gender diverse people in sport.
The Australian Human Rights Commission today marks IDAHOBIT, the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia as a chance to champion inclusion for the LGBTI community.
Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow said the day is an opportunity to recognise the progress made in protecting the human rights of LGBTI people, and committing to the work that’s still to be done.
On IDAHOBIT, countries around the world raise awareness about the discrimination, violence and harassment experienced by members of the LGBTI community.
Famed and haunted by their career in the pool, Casey Legler - former Olympic swimmer, LGBTI advocate, fashion model, restaurateur and author - will share their incredible life story at a RightsTalk in Melbourne.
Casey’s memoir, Godspeed, realised in 2018, details how a child raised in Provence to American expats, became a competitive swimmer, battled with their sexual identity, addiction and later became the first woman signed to Ford Models to exclusively model men’s clothes.
Olympian, LGBTI advocate, trauma survivor, model, restauranteur and now successful author – it is little wonder Casey Legler described their life as “containing multiple lives” in a wide-ranging discussion with Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins at a Rights Talk event hosted in partnership with King & Wood Mallesons.
Casey read extracts from Godspeed, a poetic and wild memoir of life as a teenage swimmer making a splash at international meets, competing for France in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and subsequently battling addiction and self-harm.
Intersex Awareness Day on October 26 was created by the global intersex movement to share personal stories and histories and to promote the rights of people born with variations in sex characteristics.
The United Nations Free & Equal campaign explains ‘intersex people are born with sex characteristics … that do not fit typical binary notions of male or female bodies’.
While there is limited data, researchers estimate as much as 1.7 per cent of the population is born with a variation in sex characteristics.