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Sports Festival Success - added Monday, 2 February 2015

Over four hundred people from around Melbourne headed down to Footscray last Saturday, January 31st, to take part in what would have to be Team Melbourne’s most successful Sports Festival yet. The all-day event was open to anyone wanting to try out a number of sports and recreational activities hosted by LGBTIQ groups. Team Melbourne’s Sports Festival was aimed at highlighting the range of activities available around Melbourne and encourage participation within the LGBTIQ community.

Participants got to see and try a huge variety of activities in a very friendly environment with a no experience necessary attitude. Teaming up with the festival was Basketball Victoria, Netball Victoria, St Kilda Football Club and KLC Fit Club, all of whom showed a commitment to making all sports inclusive regardless gender, sexuality, abilities or age.

The Mayor of Maribyrnong Nam Quach, Equal Rights Commissioner Kate Jenkins and Leigh Montagna of the St Kilda Football Club were the featured speakers, praising all involved in the day for the inclusive and supportive environments their LGBTIQ groups play in local communities. Jenkins was thrilled to announce a statement from The Victoria Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission regarding ground breaking guidelines that designed to promote the participation of transgender people in sport.

''The reality is, transgender people, like everyone else, compete in sports and mostly they are welcomed,'' Commissioner Kate Jenkins said. ''The guideline aims to reinforce that supportive environment.''

Vice President of Team Melbourne, Sebastian Delfino was thrilled with this years attendance. “Working with such dynamic groups within the LGBTIQ community has enabled this festival to be such a success – It’s what helps it grow year upon year”

If you would like more information all the groups involved with Team Melbourne’s 2015 Sports Festival check out our clubs and groups here.

Images can be found here or on Instagram

Team Melbourne wins GLOBE Community Award - added Saturday, 18 October 2014
Team Melbourne's efforts in networking the GLBTIQ sporting community has been recognised with a GLOBE Community Award!  Team Melbourne was also nominated as a Finalist in the Health Community category.
Congratulations to John Marriott from the Glamourhead Sharks awarded Sports Person of the Year.
More info and photos:
- Official announcement on GLOBE website.
- SameSame article, including photos:
- MCV Article 
One games to rule them all - added Thursday, 31 July 2014
Team Melbourne's One Games policy is gathering support.  See the article and photos on SameSame
Congratulations Ian Thorpe - added Monday, 14 July 2014
Team Melbourne congratulates Ian Thorpe.  Read the full press release
Ch7 "Poofter" comments disappointing - added Sunday, 13 July 2014
Team Melbourne is disappointed by the remarks made by Brian Taylor on Channel 7 last night during the coverage of the Sydney vs Carlton AFL match.  Read our full press release
Matt Hall in The Age - added Friday, 16 May 2014
An article outlining Matt Hall's push for LGBTI inclusion in Aussie Rules football.  Read article
Pride Cup report in The Age - added Saturday, 3 May 2014
Great article in The Age about the first Pride Cup AFL match, includes photos.  Read article. 
Major codes commit to ending homophobia - added Thursday, 10 April 2014

The 4 national football codes (NRL, AFL, A-League & ARU) and Cricket Australia have joined to commit to ending homophobia by introducing policies in line with the new Anti-Homophobia and Inclusion Framework.

Read the story on the ABC website.

Fair go, sport! video from VEOHRC - added Wednesday, 19 February 2014

The introductory video from the Victorian Equal Opportunities and Human Rights Commission on their "Fair go, sport!" campaign.

Glams at Antwerp - added Friday, 23 August 2013

Check out this exciting video of the Glamourhead Sharks at the Antwerp Outgames!

Victorian hockey player comes out - added Thursday, 16 May 2013
Recently retired Victorian hockey player Gus Johnston comes out in a powerful video:
Article in GayStarNews - added Monday, 13 May 2013
2013 Midsumma Sports Day a big hit - added Wednesday, 30 January 2013

The 2nd annual Sports Day presented by Team Melbourne was a great success.  Here are some articles and galleries:
Star Observer - Sports day makes waves and Photo gallery
Midsumma - Facebook gallery

GLISA & FGG fail to reach agreement - added Monday, 21 May 2012
The Boards of the Gay and Lesbian International Sport Association (GLISA) and the Federation of Gay Games (FGG) have failed to reach agreement over holding one single international event proposed for 2018.  Read more on the GLISA website
Ace Girls in new Easter record - added Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Our local lesbian tennis club, Ace Girls, competed in the 87th annual Shepparton Lawn Tennis Open on the Easter Weekend.  Continuing from their success in Wellington, they reached a record 4 finals with an especially strong showing in B grade.  Read more...

Glamourhead Sharks break two world records! - added Thursday, 13 May 2010

Melbourne’s GLBTI Swimming Squad the Glamourhead Sharks broke two existing masters world records at the Victorian Long Course Swimming Championships last Sunday May the 2nd.

Read the press release to find out more.

Stars of the AFL come out in support of gays - added Tuesday, 11 May 2010

"AFL football may have a reputation for blokiness, but dozens of top players and coaches have launched a campaign to promote tolerance of homosexuality."

Read the full story in The Age.

Vic Government announces Code of Conduct for Community Sports - added Monday, 1 March 2010

The Victorian Sports Minister James Merlino has launched a new Code of Conduct for Community Sport.

The new Code was developed with peak sporting organisations and must be adhered to by groups receiving funding from Sports & Rec Victoria.  It aims to "ensure fair inclusion of everyone, regardless of their age, gender, sexual orientation, race, culture or religion, providing opportunities for people of all abilities to participate in a safe environment".

More information:
Media Release
Article in Southern Star
Article in MCV

QSAM in the news - added Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Check out QSAM in Southern Star!

QSAM articles

QSAM website relauch - added Monday, 7 December 2009

QSAM has relaunched its website to provide more information and better serve its members.

The new site will have more content including news items and an event calendar to highlight the many GLBTI sports events both locally and internationally.  Content will be added regularly and sports clubs can contribute items for inclusion.

Please send us any feedback on the new website.


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