Over the past 12 months Maroondah Youth Services has been working on a project called ‘Equal Sports’.
Equal Sports was a multimedia project for young people (aged 12-25) aimed at tackling homophobia and transphobia in sport.
This concept came to life after the 2015 Maroondah Youth Services ‘Start the Conversation’ project, a youth driven consultation project, identified that sporting environments in Maroondah provided a platform for homophobia and transphobia.
This research, alongside reports such as ‘Come out to Play, 2010’ and ‘The Equal Play Study, 2014’ lead by Victoria University, clearly identified a need for sporting clubs to be more visibly inclusive of LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) players.
In 2016, 5 local young people who are passionate about the inclusion of LGBTI players in sport, received training in film production and then were able to film and direct the ‘Equal Sports’ video.
The video highlights the stories of Jason Ball – Aussie Rules Football player and LGBTI inclusion advocate, Alex Blackwell – Australian Cricketer, Kelsey Browne – Sunshine Coast Lightning Netball and James Lolicato – the co-founder of Proud2Play inc.
Silence on this issue that for so many years has been taboo is having a direct impact on a significant portion of our community.
If you’re interested in taking the steps to make your club more inclusive, please contact Rachelle Jones – Youth Programs Worker, Maroondah City Council on 9294 5700 or at email@example.com
You can now view the Equal Sports micro-doco at the link below.
This project is supported by the HEY Grant