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Tackling Homophobia and Transphobia in Football with Angie Greene

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Angie Greene comes from a talented sporting family. From her Pop, to her dad, to her two brothers, all have excelled in sport. Her two brothers’ sporting journeys couldn’t be more different though – because one is gay. 

Episode 37: Overview

Warning: This episode contains language that some people may find offensive or distressing.

Angie Greene’s been surrounded by Professional Sport since she was a young kid.

Her Pop, Frank Sedgman was a champion tennis player, her dad Russell is in the Australian Football League Hall of Fame, and her two brothers were, and are talented athletes. Their sports journeys though have been very different.

Steve went on to play AFL football at the highest level for 5 years, while Brent removed himself from team sport altogether – because of the homophobic language he’d hear on the sports field and in sports environments in general.

Angie saw what her brother was going through – over many years. Add in the sexism, and racism – and she didn’t want to be part of sporting environments either.

That was till she started, Stand Up Events, an organisation that’s challenging sexual and gender discrimination in sport.

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Episode GuestAngie Greene

Angie Greene is the CEO of Stand Up Events, an organisation that is “…dedicated to fighting sexual and gender discrimination in sport and in life. “

Episode Run-Down

  • Angie introduces herself and her organisation (Stand Up Events)
  • The differing sports journeys of Angie’s brothers
  • The challenges of sports cultures
  • Teaching sports-people about homophobia and transphobia
  • Knowing if people are open to change
  • The homophobia in team-sports (for Angie’s dad and brothers)
  • Why visibility of LGBTI people (in sports clubs) matters
  • Pride, homophobia and transphobia – The response of officials
  • St Kilda: A leading club that’s supporting LGBTI people in  AFL footy
  • Three things sports clubs could do right now
  • The Lightning Round: invisibility, standing up, inclusion, equality in sport, feeling welcome in sport, and impact
  • Why there is space for standing up for social issues in sport

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