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Thursday, 06 December 2012 00:00

Commission welcomes No To Homophobia Ads At Hockey Champions Trophy, 6 Dec 2012

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission welcomes the decision to screen advertisements tackling homophobia each day during the biggest international men’s hockey event since the London Olympics, the Hockey Champions Trophy, which is underway in Melbourne this week.

The Commission is a proud supporter of the No To Homophobia campaign, which has produced a series of ads.

Acting Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner, Karen Toohey, said the screening of the ad was yet another example of hockey leading the way among national sporting codes in tackling homophobia in sport.

Ms Toohey said that it was important all sporting codes created a supportive and welcoming environment, so everyone, regardless of who they are, can feel safe enough to participate in sport without facing discrimination.

“We congratulate Hockey Victoria and Hockey Australia for taking a stand against homophobia in this way and we look forward to a more systematic approach to reducing the discrimination faced by GLBTI people in sport generally.”

No To Homophobia Campaign Coordinator Daniel Scoullar said Hockey Victoria and Hockey Australia are the recognised leaders in working to make a sport safe for everyone to participate.

“Hockey Victoria and Hockey Australia are now taking this to the national and international stage. Homophobia, transphobia and biphobia are serious health issues that do serious harm to people around the country. There is no place for them in hockey or any other sport.”  

Ben Hartung, CEO of Hockey Victoria emphasised the importance of creating safe, welcoming and inclusive sporting environment for all participates.

“There will be approximately 30,000 spectators attending the Men’s Hockey Champions Trophy over six event days. The screening of the No To Homophobia ads during the event will reinforce the strong message that we have successfully delivered through the Fair go, sport! project which is that there is absolutely no room for sexual or gender discrimination in Hockey and other sports.”

The No To Homophobia Campaign is a partnership between the ALSO Foundation, Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby, Transgender Victoria and the Anti Violence Project, with support from the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, Human Rights Law Centre and Headspace among others.

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