Supporting Equity and Inclusion in Sport

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Eastern Health were proud to support the 7th annual Pride Cup this weekend to promote LGBTIQ+ inclusion and acceptance in community sporting clubs.

Staff helped visitors create badges to share their identity, show their support and celebrate LGBTIQ+ culture.

In 2013 when Yarra Glen footballer, and future Young Victorian Australian of the Year Jason Ball came out as gay to his friends who responded by holding a ‘Pride Game’ to show their support. This was the beginning of what is now, a national movement of local sporting communities working to change the culture around LGBTIQ+ inclusion in sport.

At Eastern Health we are taking active steps to support better health outcomes for LGBTIQ+ people including asking patients if they identify as LGBTIQ+ and encouraging the use of preferred pronouns in our health service.

There is a range of support materials available to assist staff and managers to support LGBTIQ+ patients and colleagues.

The next event on the LGBTIQ+ calendar is International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia & Transphobia (or IDAHOBIT) on 17 May.

31 years ago in 1990, the World Health Organization removed homosexuality from the Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems.
IDAHOBIT celebrates LGBTIQ+ people globally, and raises awareness for the work still needed to combat discrimination.