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Ovation: Australian Football League Endorses Anti-Harassment Campaign.


Civil rights for LGBT Australians are far ahead of those in the United States.  Since the 1970 Australian laws have increasingly begun to apply equally to both same-sex and opposite-sex couples throughout all states and territories.  Lesbian co-mothers are recognized as legal birth parents of children conceived through in vitro fertilization or artificial insemination.  Same-sex couples can jointly adopt in several territories and they may adopt their partner’s child in Tasmania.

A new anti-harassment public service campaign designed to combat homophobia has been endorsed by the Australian Football League.

The rugby code hopes that support for the campaign will make LGBT Australians feel that they are welcome at AFL games.

“A campaign of this nature promoting respect for each other, healthy relationships and a safe, inclusive environment is imperative if we are to affect positive cultural change.  We believe the AFL is one game for all Australians … Through both our actions and the guidelines that govern our game, we are committed to providing a truly inclusive, safe and welcoming environment that fosters healthy, respectful relationships on and off the field.” – AFL Chief Andew Demetriou

I think it’s sad that so many of our country’s leaders oppose legislation like Seth’s Law in California and others like it.  While each state addresses bullying (and cyberbullying) differently, there are currently no consistent Federal laws to protect the victims of this harassment.

Perhaps, the National Football League will one day follow the path of the Australian Football League, the U.K.’s Ben Cohen, and others by endorsing anti-harassment campaigns in the U.S.

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  1. Chris permalink

    G’day. I read your comment about the AFL with some interest. It has made some really great strides i a range of areas BUT it’s the only one of the 4 main football codes in Australia where no player has been able to come out. Rugby league and union did so years ago and even soccer has, but not AFL. Why? hard to say but I suspect the management hasn’t got the balls to stand up and be counted. Recently a horrendous slur was made against a player on field, not calling him a black anything even though he has dark skin, but calling a F*+king Homo. It was clearly heard by the umpire and the public because the umpire had a microphone on. The AFL tut-tutted then did nothing – as usual. none of us in the GLBTI community were surprised at all. There are around 600 players on the main teams books. So there could be around 30 or more gay men. Sadly, in 2012, they still belong to “the love that dare not speak it’s name”.

    Thanks for opportunity to comment


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