Australia’s major sporting codes have kicked another goal on the road to LGBTIQ diversity and inclusion.
Launched this week, the Pride In Sport Index (PSI) aims to establish a framework for organisations to evaluate their LGBTIQ initiatives and policies.
Participation is open to any national or state sporting organisation, with Australian Rugby Union, National Rugby League, Australian Football League, Football Federation of Australia, Cricket Australia and Water Polo Australia already on board.
Co-founder Andrew Purchas said the PSI builds on the historic signing of an anti-homophobia pledge by the major codes two years ago.
“The launching of the world’s first Pride in Sport Index continues this important work,” Purchas said.
“The index will be more than just a signature on a piece paper. It will provide the means for sporting organisations to demonstrate how they’re reducing homophobia and transphobia and making sport more accessible for all.”
The PSI is a flow-on from last year’s international Out On The Fields study which found that only 1 per cent of respondents felt that LGBTIQ people were accepted in sporting culture, and almost 80 per cent believed that openly LGBTIQ fans would not be safe as spectators.
Australia had the highest number of gay men who believed they were not “at all accepted” in sport with 13 per cent, compared to Canada with 5 per cent.
PSI results will be published annually, and an awards ceremony in May next year will recognise the highest ranking national and state organisations.
In addition to the PSI, a new program called Pride in Sport has been launched to help organisations better support their LGBTIQ players, staff, spectators and supporters.
Pride in Sport provides members with a range of services to help them develop and implement effective LGBTI inclusion practices.