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Trans, Gender Diverse & Intersex Participation in Australian Sports

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In 2015, former Human Rights Commissioner, Tim Wilson, announced a national survey on the participation of transgender, gender diverse and intersex people in sport to ensure their rights are protected in the policies and practices of sporting codes.

The results of the national survey informed the National Anti-Homophobia and Inclusion Framework to ensure it suitably protects people on the basis of gender identity or intersex status.

Developed by Bingham Cup in 2014, the framework has been adopted by Australia’s five major sporting codes, including Cricket Australia, Australian Football League, Australian Rugby Union, National Rugby League and Football Federation Australia.

To support the implementation of the framework, the Australian Human Rights Commission worked with the Australian Sports Commission, Bingham Cup and Pride in Diversity to develop the Pride in Sport Equality Index, which measures sports on LGBTI inclusiveness.

In addition to the online survey, the Commission conducted a review of federal legislation, local and national sporting code policies, and national and international literature, building upon consultations and research conducted in 2014–15.

“During the Commission’s recent national consultation, transgender, gender diverse and intersex people reported positive experiences in sport participation; others said they have experienced exclusion, violence and harassment on the basis of their gender identity or intersex status,” former Commissioner Wilson said.

“The Australia we should all want is one where everyone feels safe and capable of performing to their best. That happens when we get rid of pointless discrimination and bring about a culture of safety and inclusion.”

The survey ran from 20 August 2015 to 3 September 2015.