Pride in Sport

Our Pride in Sport program aims to provide a safe place for LGBTQIA+ identifying people to participate in sport.

We believe all people have the right to freely participate in recreation, fitness, and sport, and benefit from the wellness it brings. As the first University to be a signatory to the ACON’s Pride in Sport Program, we are currently working to implement inclusive practices to ensure the safe and equal inclusion of LGBTQIA+ identifying people.

The Roadmap for a Return to Sport

*Resumption of all activities, timelines and numbers listed below are pending Victorian Government and University approval and are subject to change*

Stage 4: Lock-down (First Step) - From 14 September

Celebrate days of significance, support Pride ambassadors and develop online learning modules

Stage 3: Stay at Home (Second Step) - From 28 September and when 30-50 cases per day

Continue to celebrate days of significance, support Pride ambassadors and develop online learning modules

Stage 2: Go Outside (Third Step) - From 19 October and less than 5 cases with an unknown source in the last 14 days

Continue to celebrate days of significance, support Pride ambassadors and develop online learning modules

Stage 1: Stay Aware (Last Step) - When no new cases for 14 days

Modified fitness program to resume

Stage 0 – COVID Normal - When thresholds are met

Increased participation in fitness programs

Pride in Sport winners

In 2018, Melbourne University Sport became the first University sport organisation to become a signatory to ACON’s Pride in Sport program. By doing so, we made a commitment to actively work to ensure that all we consider “Sport” to be at our organisation will be inclusive and welcoming to LGBTQIA+ identifying people.

At the Pride in Sport awards in June, we were honoured to be announced as the joint highest ranking sports organisation for LGBTI+ inclusion across Australia. It’s wonderful to receive this acknowledgement of our work done so far, and we are looking forward to seeing what we can achieve moving forward with the program. Sport is for everybody, and this is a vision we will continue to work towards at Melbourne University Sport!


Policies and Guides

Click on the relevant item to download the PDF resources.

MU Sport LGBTQIA+ Inclusion Policy

The MU Sport LGBTQIA+ Inclusion Policy, covering all areas of our sport.

LGBTQIA+ Companion Guide

MU Sport LGBTQIA+ Policy Companion Guide – providing a breakdown of policy areas and useful practice tips.

Trans and Gender Diverse Language Guide (ACON)

Language guide produced by ACON for understanding pronouns and respectful communication with trans and gender diverse people.

Trans and Gender Diverse Inclusion in Sport (the basics)

Some basic information around the meaningful inclusion of trans and gender diverse people in sport.

Pride in Action Network Ally Brochure

An Ally resource produced by the UoM Pride in Action Network.

Contact Us

Please don't hesitate to contact our Pride and Diversity Coordinator Chris Bunting for more details on our inclusion efforts, or to find out how you can get involved. If you identify as LGBTQIA+ feel free to get in contact with Chris to discuss any concerns you may have regarding your participation or your experiences in sport.

Chris Bunting
Pride and Diversity Coordinator
+61 3 8344 7718