Lifesavers with Pride had a great day on Sunday 16 February, at the Sydney Mardi Gras Fair Day. Fair Day is a great opportunity for Surf Life Saving to get amongst the LGBTIQ community to promote itself as being progressive, welcoming and inclusive. So many keen people asking about their local clubs, surf sports, nippers, and volunteering. Plus a great chance for us to mix with our colleagues, both in the sporting space and the emergency services space.
It was great to catch up with the @slsaustralia team this morning to discuss activity in the inclusion space for our LGBTIQ friends. It's excellent to see progress occurring from within (albeit with our help). Get excited, big news is on the way.
It was great to see the team from Lifesaving Victoria join their Emergency Services colleagues this year in the Melbourne Midsumma Parade on Sunday 02 February. Excellent to see St Kilda LSC's rainbow surf boat out on the streets again getting lots of attention, especially with its tagline "Everybody every day, anybody any day". This presence gives Life Saving Victoria an ideal opportunity to show the LGBTIQ community that the movement is inclusive, progressive and welcoming, and truly embraces being diverse with both its LGBTIQ members and potential recruits. Inclusion is at the heart of Life Saving across the country, as we know the ocean doesn't discriminate, so neither should we.
Pride in Sport, the organisation helping national and state bodies become more inclusive to the LGBTIQ community has launched its Pride in Sport Awards for 2020. Let's try and get Surf Life Saving into the finalists, (or even winners) this year.
If you know an Out Role Model, a Straight Ally or an Inclusive Coach, or want to nominate a Small Club, Inclusive Initiative, Community Sports or Positive Media Event then get your nominations in. Link to their website here, and start applying before the 19 February closing date.
As a result of having to remove some members of our 2019 Mardi Gras entry prior to the commencement of the parade due to being drunk (and similar instances in some previous years), the committee has recommended the insertion of a code of conduct as an appendix to our constitution. In order to do this, we need to hold a Special General Meeting at which the membership is able to vote. This will be held in conjunction with our first rehearsal for the 2020 parade, at Tamarama SLSC on Monday 10 February at 8pm.
Whilst updating the constitution for this, the committee have also taken the liberty to update other points of the constitution as follows;
- Types of membership now include supporters and nippers, plus BM, lifesavers, former lifesavers and SLS staff
- Can apply for membership on the website
- Clarifies a members ceases their membership if not renewed
- Simplified register of member content
- Becomes a member upon payment online
- Changes financial year to 01 Apr – 31 Mar
- Expanded disciplining of members – process
- Clarified committee manages national affairs, with sub committees managing state issues
- Clarified committee is also subject to the code of conduct
- Removed founding committee members
- Simplified committee nomination process
- Aligned removal of a committee member to removal of an ordinary member
- Expanded calling of meetings to include electronic broadcasts
- Included grants as a source of funds, noting reconciliation processes
- Included EFT as a means of transaction and single signatory payments
- Identified upon deregistration that all assets are to remain within the lifesaving community
- Identify specific details required for membership
- Updated logo on the document
As a result, all of these will be voted on at the SGM. The constitution with changes included is available for review here
A great afternoon at Melbourne's Midsumma Carnival with Life Saving Victoria joining the Emergency Services Pride stall with their ES colleagues. Thanks to everyone who came along and said Hi. Looking forward to the march on 02 Feb to show lifesaving as progressive, welcoming and inclusive to our LGBTIQ friends.
It was great to meet up with the folk at Surf Life Saving Australia today and review how inclusive they have become over 2019 for their LGBTIQ members as they lodge their Pride in Sport Index submission
LWP look forward to working with the team even more in 2020 to create a healthier and proud Surf Life Saving culture for 2020 and beyond.
Lifesavers with Pride are keen to support Life Saving Victoria as they join their Emergency Services colleagues at the Melbourne Midsumma Carnivale this weekend, on Sunday 19 January. Joined by Police, Ambulance, Fire and other emergency workers and volunteers, they'll have a stall promoting life saving within Victoria as a welcoming and progressive place for the LGBTIQ community.
Following this, LSV are calling for participants to join them in the Midsumma Parade on Sunday 02 February. Check out their release with the details, and you could help spread the word about how progressive and proud Life Saving is.
Was great to visit Claire and the team at @slsnsw yesterday to discuss mental health issues for the LGBTIQ community and how Surf Life Saving can help address these stats. Well on the way to creating an inclusive, progressive and welcoming lifesaving culture.
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LWP joined @slsaustralia today at the Pride in Practice conference, promoting LGBTIQ participation in Australian sports.
It was great to hear from Sports Australia's CEO Kate Palmer and Rugby Australia's CEO Raelene Castle discuss all things LGBTIQ including the Falau situation, and ABC's Tracey Holmes and SBS's Anton Enus talk about the media's handling of LGBTIQ in sports including Margaret Court's comments. Great ideas for a more progressive and welcoming Surf Life Saving culture.