Stage set for second annual Gippsland Pride Cup

June 5, 2018 4:46 pm Published by Comments Off on Stage set for second annual Gippsland Pride Cup

Traditional club colours will once again be set aside when Traralgon Tyers United and Glengarry embrace the rainbow for the second annual Gippsland Pride Cup on Sunday, June 17.

The round 10 AGL Loy Yang North Gippsland Football Netball League matches at Tyers Recreation Reserve have been dedicated to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community in a bid to celebrate diversity and tackle homophobia in sport.

Following the success of last year’s inaugural Gippsland Pride Cup at Glengarry, NGFNL president David Kyle said the league was proud to embrace its ongoing leadership role.

“Listening to heart felt stories of families and individuals who have endured and dealt with exclusion, bullying and being different throughout their life can be at timeshard to hear, particularly when that story ends with someone being branded an outcast and even worse when suicide is seen as their only option,” Kyle said.

“We are fortunate to have the support of our major partner in AGL Loy Yang and organisations such as Latrobe Regional Hospital to help make a difference in this space and hopefully our message resonates not only with the member base of the NGFNL but the wider Gippsland football and netball community.”

AGL Loy Yang, Latrobe Regional Hospital and Latrobe City have once again thrown their support behind the initative, which received funding from Gippsland Primary Health Network and the Federal Department of Health.

AFL Gippsland, Netball Victoria and GippSport are also playing key roles in the event.

AGL Loy Yang general manager Steve Rieniets said AGL Loy Yang was proud to support the Gippsland Pride Cup.

“At AGL diversity and inclusion is at the heart of all that we do and our support for the Gippsland Pride Cup highlights this value within our local community,” Mr Rieniets said.

“Everyone has the right to feel as though they are equal, safe, connected and they belong, whether that be in the workplace or on the sporting field and Gippsland Pride Cupis a way of promoting this message of inclusion within the wider community.

“The feedback we received following the first Pride Cup last year has been so positive – we know that events like this can change lives and that’s why we are proud to support the 2018 Pride Cup and the LGBTI community.”

In addition to the match day activities, Latrobe Regional Hospital is hosting a free community forum offering advice on how clubs, teams and community organisations can ensure they are welcoming and inclusive.

The Proud To Be Community Forum will feature an education session from Proud2Play and guest speakers including champion swimmer Daniel Kowalski, transgender athlete Hannah Mouncey and Pride Cup founder Jason Ball.

The forum takes place at Traralgon’s Premiere Function Centre on Wednesday, 13 June in the lead up to the Gippsland Pride Cup. For more information and registrations, visit www.lrh.com.au

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This post was written by Michelle Kyle

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