LGBTQ+ inclusion in sport
In 2019, Campus Life became a key partner of the Pride in Sport program committing to further develop and enhance LGBTQ+ participation across all Campus Life sport and recreation programs, services and activities. See the media release here
Campus Life are committed to providing a safe, fun and inclusive environment for all people, including those of diverse sexualities and genders. As the primary sport delivery agent on campus, being inclusive within our sport and recreation services, facilities, programs and operations not only reflects our core values, it also reflects the diversity of our students, staff and local community.
We’re passionate about helping people lead happy, healthy and active lives. Campus Life celebrates diversity of sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, intersex status, ability, skill, cultural background, ethnicity, location, religious or political beliefs, and life stage. There is a place for you in our programs, exactly as you are.
Campus Life has a zero tolerance approach to any form of bullying/harassment/vilification of people with diverse sexuality and/or gender. Homophobia, Biphobia, Transphobia and Interphobia is not accepted within our sport programs and activities.
We also support the Darlington Statement, developed by intersex organisations and advocates in 2017 which articulates human rights demands of people with intersex variations in Australia and New Zealand. We acknowledge the distinctiveness of and diversity with the intersex population and respect the intersex movement, without tokenism, or instrumentalising or co-opting intersex as a means to other ends.
Campus Life LGBTQ+ sport inclusion policy
Upcoming training, workshops and events
International non-binary people's day panel events
Pride in Sport panel event - Tuesday 14th July: 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Join Pride in Sport National Program Manager, Beau Newell for this special event addressing the stigma and inequity that gender non conforming people face within sport
Sport has an historic alignment to the gender binary (male and female), however this doesn't mean those who identify as non-binary should be excluded from participating in sport and recreation. This event will explore current restrictions faced by non-binary people, and initiatives and case studies that sports can adopt to make their activities and competitions more inclusive for all people.
The University of Sydney panel event - Tuesday 14th July: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
The University of Sydney, part of the Higher Education Ally Network are facilitating a panel discussion so we can learn more about the non-binary community and the importance of observing International Non-Binary Day. Awareness and education are crucial to achieving equal rights for all members of the LGBTQIA+ community.
Support and contacts
There are university support services and teams in place for any person who has been the target of homophobic, transphobic, biphobic or interphobic bullying and harassment, and/or and vilification while participating in sport and recreation activities with Macquarie University Sport. We also have LGBTQ+ Allies amongst our staff team who can be contacted for support and guidance.
- Staff Diversity and Inclusion team - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Macquarie University Sport Ally team
- Student Wellbeing - Email: email@example.com or call 1800 CARE MQ (1800 227 367)
- Student Diversity and Inclusion team (Respect Now Always) - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
SPORT AND AQUATIC CENTRE MEMBERS/PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS
- Email: email@example.com
MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY AFFILIATED SPORT CLUBS
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- ACON - provides counselling as well as social work support to help people resolve complex or ongoing violence and harassment matters. Phone: 1800 063 060
- QLife provides anonymous and free LGBTI peer support and referral for people wanting to talk about sexuality, identity, gender, bodies, feelings or relationships. Phone: 1800 184 527
- Lifeline - provides 24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention services to all Australians experiencing a personal crisis. Phone: 13 11 14
Please find here a range of useful resources for understanding LGBTQ+ inclusion.
Websites, fact sheets and guides
- Guidelines for the Inclusion of transgender and gender diverse people in Sport
- Case studies
- Frequently asked questions
- Pride in Sport terminology guide
- Sport Australia website
- ACON website
- How to actively show your support
- References and terminology
- How to respond to questions and difficult situations
- ABC Sexuality and Gender glossary
- Anti-Discrimination Commission QLD LGBTI glossary
- We Are Family glossary
Lived experiences, videos and podcasts
Here you'll find several informative and entertaining videos that are made by the people who live these experiences every day.