Alice Springs City Council denounces transphobia in sports

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

It acknowledged in a statement that members of the transgender community were faced with exclusion from sport and said it was unacceptable that some people would feel unwelcome or unsafe in the community as a result.

“Diversity and inclusion are part of sport,” the statement said.

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

The statement was released amid an international debate about transgender women competing at the highest levels in sport, with multiple international governing bodies banning or limiting the participation of transgender athletes.

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

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

Teddy said recent restrictions on transgender athletes have “real implications” for transgender people and their mental health.

Teddy said the council’s statement made him hopeful that young transgender people would be admitted in a way that makes them feel safe.

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

Kim Hopper stands in front of a red coffee machine.
Kim Hopper says she knows what it feels like to have identity discussed in federal politics.ABC news

Council strives for inclusion

Alice Springs City Councilor Kim Hopper filed a motion with City Council requesting that they issue a statement of support for the transgender community and organize educational workshops for city officials.

The motion was supported by all nine councillors.

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