Alice Springs Council denounces transphobia in sport

Alice Springs City Council denounced transphobia and declared its support for diversity and inclusion in all sporting codes.

He acknowledged in a statement that members of the transgender community faced exclusion in sport and said it was unacceptable for some people to feel unwanted or unsafe in the community as a result.

“Diversity and inclusion belong to sport,” the statement reads.

“Everyone who lives in Alice Springs should be able to participate in sports and physical activities in a welcoming and inclusive way – regardless of gender, sexual orientation, ability, cultural background, ethnicity, location or stage in life.”

The statement came amid an international debate about transgender women competing in sport at the highest levels, with various world government bodies banning or restricting the participation of transgender athletes.

But the council’s statement had been in the works for months after members of the transgender community called for local leadership and support during the federal election campaign.

Resident Teddy McDiarmid said it was in response to what was happening in federal politics at the time and the gross transmisogyny and transphobia that were being used as political fodder.

Teddy said recent restrictions on transgender athletes had “real impacts” on transgender people and their mental health.

Teddy said the board’s statement made him hopeful that trans youth will be included in ways that make them feel safe.

“I’m tired of seeing trans women being regarded in the media and the world as something to be feared and something to be despised,” Teddy said.

Kim Hopper is in front of a red coffee machine.
Kim Hopper says he knows what it’s like to have your identity discussed in federal politics.(ABC news)

Council fights for inclusion

Alice Springs Councilor Kim Hopper filed a motion to the board asking it to release a statement of support for the transgender community and organize educational workshops for board staff.

The motion was supported by all nine councilors.

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