Sex and gender discrimination occurs when people are typecast in a negative and limiting way; demeaned simply because of how they identify.
Sport mirrors society. Around the club, you might:
Being the butt of crude remarks and put-downs is always hurtful and harmful. It’s no fun being judged as inferior, or a lesser human being by people who don’t challenge themselves to learn about the lived experiences of those who aren’t like them.
Being on the receiving end of these attitudes, your sense of worth and confidence takes a hit, and it can be hard to bounce back.
Old, ignorant stereotypes are seen as unhelpful and destructive, and club people actively put their mind to replacing them with the club expectations that everyone is valued, respected and welcomed.
Everyone works side by side, respectfully, with others in and around the club.
The discrimination is called out and dealt with constructively; club people support each other in holding one another to account, and sanctions are applied to those who discriminate against the LGBTIQA+ community.
Be alert to the attitudes, language and behaviours of those around you, such as when a coach, a spectator or a parent says to a player, “your type don’t belong on our team”.
It can be difficult and sometimes dangerous to call out discrimination based on gender identity, sexual identity or sexuality.
We know that this is why people sometimes choose to turn a blind eye and remain uneasily silent.
But, sex and gender discrimination, in and around your club, with its negative impacts, will continue unless it is called out by you and others.
We think people like you are looking for a way to break the cycle of silence, a way that is safe, proactive and consistent.
Club Respect has created SMART steps to help you.