Proud Beaches Forum

Lifesavers with Pride have been working closely with Surf Life Saving Australia to create a more inclusive, progressive and welcoming lifesaving culture for the LGBT community.  We have been identifying the current research into sporting and volunteer organisations and what works best at ensuring that LGBT members are treated most appropriately.  This research covers not only what policies and framework should be in place within the organisation, but also how clubs can create the most appropriate environment for LGBT members to feel welcome and new LGBT recruits to chose to join.

SLSA held a Proud Beaches forum on 29 June 2019 at their offices at Icebergs on Bondi Beach.  We were happy to welcome representatives from SLSA, SLSNSW, LSV and SLSQ as well as lifesavers from NSW, Vic, Qld and SA.

The following speakers presented as part of the day's events;

  • Morgan Lander, is the founder and Managing Director of Morgan Lander Advisory and hosted the day's events, including moderating a panel discussion with LGBTIQ lifesavers.  Morgan’s focus is on all things relating to the protection of the vulnerable.  This includes equality, zero tolerance for harm, and rights of the vulnerable.
  • Andrew Purchas, former lifesaver and founder and former President of the Sydney Convicts Rugby Union Club.  He presented on the creation of the Bingham Cup and the involvement that the Australian Rugby Union had with this, as well as research undertaken into LGBTIQ participation in Australian Sport.  See the Come out to Play infographic
  • Bowie Stower, the Outreach and Events Manager at Proud2Play, is an advisor on Trans and Gender Diverse rights and inclusion in sports and physical activity. Bowie provided advise on clubs wanting to present themselves as more inclusive as well as advising on inclusion policies for sporting bodies such as SLS wishing to update and develop more inclusive practices.  View Bowie's presentation here.
  • Beau Newell is the National Program Manager at Pride in Sport.  There he administers Australia’s first and only sporting inclusion program designed to assist National and State sporting organisations and clubs with the inclusion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex employees, players, volunteers and spectators.  Beau's presentation is provided here with some great tips on creating welcoming clubs.
  • Gregory Frank is an Education Consultant with the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission.  In his role he designs, delivers and evaluates Equal Opportunity, Human Rights and Anti Discrimination programs to targeted groups, such as employers, service providers, community groups and community members.  The programs aim to increase awareness, build capacity, facilitate compliance and encourage best practice.  His presentation is available here.
  • Jain Moralee is Co Executive Director with Twenty 10 incorporating the Gay and Lesbian Counselling Service of NSW, which is a NFP group that supports young people of diverse genders, sexualities, and/or intersex variations.  She provided a great insight into the new policies released by the Australian Sports Commission on the Inclusion of Trans and Gender Diverse People in Sport.
  • Alex Blackwell captained the Australian women's cricket team from 2010 to 2018.  She provided a great insight into being an LGBTIQ sports player at the national level.

Many thanks to those who contributed to the day, including out guest speakers and panel members.  The links here will provide resources that will help your club demonstrate its enthusiasm for being an LGBTIQ welcoming and inclusive space.  Further resources are being produced by Lifesavers with Pride, with the support of Surf Life Saving, and will be distributed to clubs either directly or via your state office.  These are also available online here, under the Support and Resources tabs.

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