Pride in Basketball

Basketball NSW Partners with Pride in Sport

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Pride in Basketball

Basketball NSW is dedicated to providing a safe, enjoyable, and inclusive environment for persons of all sexualities and genders. Being a diverse sport represents not only our basic principles, but also the variety of our NSW communities.

Any type of bullying, harassment, or vilification of people of different sexualities and genders is unacceptable to us. Homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia are examples of this.

Basketball NSW is committed to assisting people in leading happy, healthy, and active lives while recognising and celebrating diversity in sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, intersex status, ability, skill, cultural background, ethnicity, location, religious or political beliefs, and life stage.

Everyone, precisely as they are, has a place in our sport.

Basketball NSW is a member of Pride in Sport

Pride in Sport is a sporting inclusion program, developed by ACON Health (Australia’s largest LGBTQ+ health organisation), that is specifically designed to assist sporting organisations at all levels with the inclusion of employees, players, coaches, volunteers and spectators with diverse sexualities and genders.

Through a solidified partnership with Sport Australia and the Australian Human Rights Commission, Pride in Sport is empowered to support and drive sports in Australia across LGBTQ+ areas of inclusion, mental health and wellbeing including areas such as:

  • Annual Strategy Planning Meeting
  • Policy and governance development,
  • Visibility practices,
  • Community engagement initiatives,
  • Education and training,
  • As well as research


Why is LGBTQIA+ Inclusion Important?

People with diverse sexualities and genders make up an estimated 15% of the population but research shows they have some of the lowest rates of participation in sport, recreation and physical activity out of any community in society.

Out on the Fields is the first international study and largest conducted on homophobia in sport. Nearly 9500 people took part including 3006 lesbian, gay, bisexual and straight Australians. The study focused on issues of sexuality in team sports. Repucom conducted the research with the study being initiated by Bingham Cup Sydney in 2014 and supported by a coalition of sports organisations.

  • 87% of gay males and 75% of lesbians are completely or partially in the closet while playing youth sports.
  • 85% of gay men and 84% of lesbians have received verbal slurs such as “faggot” or “dyke”.
  • 80% of people have either witnessed or experienced homophobia in sport.
  • 75% of Australians believe an openly gay, lesbian or bisexual person would not be very safe as a spectator at a sporting event.
  • 70%  believe youth team sports are not safe or welcoming for LGB people.
  • 27% of gay men and 17% of lesbians said they have received verbal threats of harm.
  • 34% of gay men and 19% of lesbians have been bullied.
  • 5% of gay men and 9% of lesbians have been physically assaulted.
  • Transgender people aged 18 and over are nearly eleven times more likely to attempt suicide in their lifetime.

As a result of poor inclusion efforts, many LGBTQIA+ people miss out on the physical, mental and social benefits that participating in sport and physical activity can bring.