On 27 August 2019, Nicholes Family Lawyer’s Partner Bec Dahl will host the LGBTI+ Visibility in Sport panel discussion as part of Proud2Play’s Wear it Purple day celebrations. The event will provide an opportunity to hear from panellists on the life changing impact inclusion in sport has had on them, why sporting organisations should embrace LGBTI+ visibility, how they can do it and how else sporting organisations can support the LGBTI+ community through inclusive policy change.
The event is proudly sponsored by Cricket Victoria and Tennis Victoria.
Panellists for the event include:
- Ross Wetherbee (President, Wear it Purple);
- Meg Hutchins (AFLW player);
- Erica James (transgender cricket player);
- Chris Bunting (Pride and Diversity Officer, Melbourne University Sport);
- Kerry Tavrou (Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Tennis Australia).
Proud2Play is an organisation who focuses on increasing LGBTI+ engagement in sport, exercise and active recreation by working with all levels of the sporting community. Proud2Play seek to encourage LGBTI+ people (as well as their allies, friends and families) to participate and engage in sport and exercise by providing structured opportunities and pathways for them to do so. Proud2Play believes that engagement is not limited to just actively participating in sport; the physical, mental and social benefits of sport should be experienced by active participants, volunteers, coaches and officials.
Wear it Purple was founded 2010 in response to global stories of LGBTI+ youth taking their own lives following bullying and harassment resulting from the lack of acceptance of their sexuality or gender identity.
Wear it Purple strive to foster supportive, safe, empowering and inclusive environments for rainbow young people.
Wear it Purple Day will be held this year on Friday the 30th of August. The day has grown from a small number of events nine years ago to one of the most acknowledged days on the LGBTIQ calendar. Wear it Purple was the recipient of the Charity of the Year award in March of this year at the Australian LGBTI Awards. Wear it Purple is an annual celebration of the LBGTI+ community where supporters wear purple to recognise the pay.