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Statement of support for trans and gender diverse people in sport

31 Mar 2023

In Merri-bek we recognise the power of sport. It has the ability to unite, build community connections, and improve our wellbeing.

Sport is also a human right. We believe everyone has the right to feel safe and enjoy the benefits of sport and community.

That is why we support trans and gender diverse sportspeople to safely enjoy, participate, compete and flourish in all sporting organisations. 

There is no place for transphobia or transmisogyny in sport or within the Merri-bek community.

We will work with our clubs, leagues and teams to ensure the diversity of City is represented in our sporting organisations.

Council is proud of the sporting clubs and organisations that call Merri-bek home. Many of whom have worked to improve participation and social change in their organisations.

We encourage sporting organisations and clubs to explore and implement practices that support the inclusion of trans and gender diverse people.

Clubs and organisations that promote diversity are strong on the field, create an environment that is safe, and foster a healthy and happy community.

If you’re a sporting club, looking to explore how you can create a safe and welcoming space for trans and gender diverse athletes we encourage you to explore resources on the Active Merri-bek website.