Alice Springs council denounces transphobia in sport

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

It acknowledged in a statement that members of the transgender community faced exclusion in sports and said it was unacceptable that some people might feel unwelcome or unsafe in the community as a result.

“Diversity and inclusion belong in sport,” the statement reads.

“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 life stage.”

The statement has been released amid international debate about transgender women competing in sport at the highest levels, with multiple world governing bodies banning or restricting the participation of transgender athletes.

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

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

Teddy said recent restrictions on transgender athletes had “real impacts” on transgender people and their mental health.

Teddy said the council’s statement made him hopeful that young trans people would be included in ways that made them feel safe.

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

Kim Hopper stands in front of a red coffee machine.
Kim Hopper says she knows how it feels to have identity discussed in federal politics.(ABC News)

Council strives for inclusion

Alice Springs town councilor Kim Hopper brought a motion to council requesting that it release a statement of support for the transgender community and organize educational workshops for council staff.

The motion was supported by all nine councillors.

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