A NATIONAL survey on the participation of trans*, gender diverse and intersex people in sport is being conducted by the Australian Human Rights Commission.

The survey was initiated by the commission to ensure the rights of these people were protected in policies and practices of sporting codes.

[showads ad=MREC]“Participation in sports is part of the Australian identity and helps promote health, wellbeing, fair play and a culture of mateship,” Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson said.

“During the commission’s recent national consultation, transgender, gender diverse and intersex people reported positive experiences in sport participation, others said they have experienced exclusion, violence and harassment on the basis of their gender identity or intersex status.

“Not enough empirical data has been collected on the experiences of trans*, gender diverse and intersex people in Australian sports. We hope that this consultation will assist in filling this gap at a national level.”

The results of the survey will aim to inform the Anti-Homophobia and Inclusion Framework, which was introduced last year, in ensuring it protects people on the basis of gender identity or intersex status.

Developed by the organisers of the gay rugby union world cup tournament Bingham Cup Sydney 2014, the framework has been adopted by Australia’s major sporting codes, including Cricket Australia, AFL, Australian Rugby Union, NRL and Football Federation Australia.

The online survey will be open until September 3 and is available on the Australian Human Rights Commission website

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