Pride in Sport Index
Following the release of the Out on the Fields final report, sports around the world committed to address homophobia and make the sporting field more inclusive.
This included nine major Australian sports. Seven of those sports have also agreed to participate in the Pride in Sport Index (PSI), the world’s first and only bench-marking instrument specifically designed to assess and measure the inclusion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex (LGBTI) people within sport and sporting organisations.
Participating in the index will allow sporting organisations to assess their own practice and determine and share best practices with others. Organisations will also be able to benchmark the success of their own initiatives against an external measure and compare this success with other sporting organisations.
An advisory group has been established to assist Pride in Diversity, which also runs Australia’s workplace equality index, in the development and management of the Pride in Sport Index. The advisory group includes members of the organising committee of Bingham Cup Sydney 2014 (the world cup of gay rugby) as well as the National Rugby League (NRL), the Australian Football League (AFL), the Australian Rugby Union (ARU), Football Federation Australia (FFA), Cricket Australia, Swimming Australia, Waterpolo Australia, Basketball Australia and Golf Australia. The Pride in Sport Index was officially launched in March 2016 and the first report on progress made on addressing homophobia in sport and making sport more inclusive will be released in April, 2017.
Beau Newell JP
Pride in Sport