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Alice Springs City Council denounces transphobia in sport

Alice Springs City Council has denounced transphobia and declared its support for diversity and inclusion in all sports laws.

It acknowledged in a statement that members of the transgender community are marginalized in sport 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 said.

“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 stage of life.”

The statement was released amid an international debate about transgender women competing at the highest level in sport, with several 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 this was in response to what was happening in federal politics at the time and the gross trans-womenophobia and transphobia being used as political fodder.

Teddy said the recent restrictions on transgender athletes are having a “real impact” on transgender people and their mental health.

Teddy said the council’s statement gives him hope that young trans people will be included in a way that makes them feel safe.

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

Kim Hopper stands in front of a red coffee maker.
Kim Hopper says she knows what it feels like to be debated about identity in federal politics.(abc news)

The Council strives for inclusion

Alice Springs Councilwoman Kim Hopper introduced a motion to the council asking that they issue a statement of support for the transgender community and organize educational workshops for council staff.

The motion was supported by all nine council members.

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