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ABC to broadcast historic signing of sports anti-homophobia campaign
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ABC to broadcast historic signing of sports anti-homophobia campaign

LAST UPDATED // Wednesday, 09 April 2014 10:14 Written by // Cec Busby

The Australian Football League’s Andrew Demetriou (CEO), Australia Rugby Union’s Bill Pulver (CEO), National Rugby League’s Dave Smith (CEO), Football Federation of Australia’s David Gallop (CEO) and Cricket Australia’s Ben Amarfio (Exec. General Manager) will sign a commitment to eliminate homophobia in their sports at an event in Sydney this afternoon.

The move marks a world first, with the heads of each code committing to ensuring gay, lesbian and bisexual players, coaches, administrators and fans, feel safe and welcome in their chosen sport regardless of sexual identity.

The initiative was struck by the organisers of the Bingham Cup 2014 (the World Cup of gay rugby). The agreement will see all five sports commit to implementing policies and changes to their code of conduct that is consistent with an anti-homophobia and inclusion framework.

“I’m proud to see Australian sports play such an important leadership role through making this commitment to diversity and inclusion,” said Australia's Minister for Sport, Peter Dutton. “There is no place for discrimination on our sporting fields, in our clubs or sports organisations.”

You can watch this historic moment take place live on ABC24 at 4pm or check out the live stream of the event from 4pm at

http://www.abc.net.au/news/abcnews24/

SX will be attending the signing and will report back on this historic event.

Image: Matty Johns says no to homophobia

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Cec Busby

Cec Busby

Cec Busby is the news editor of SX and GayNewsNetwork.com.au.

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