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Transgender and Rainbow Inclusion

Transgender and Rainbow Inclusion
Sport NZ is focused on improving the physical activity levels and wellbeing of everyone in Aotearoa New Zealand. All New Zealanders should feel safe and supported to enjoy physical activity.

There are significant physical and mental health benefits that come from being active. It’s important that everyone has the opportunity to be active regardless of their age, gender, disability, ethnicity or sexual orientation.

The 2018 Counting Ourselves survey is the first comprehensive national research about the health and wellbeing of trans and non-binary people in Aotearoa New Zealand. It found that:

Stats relating to trans and non binary players in sport competitions

It's important that organisations are committed to being inclusive to all members of their community and actively create safe and welcoming environments in which everyone can fully participate and thrive.

On this page, you’ll find:

  • Resources to support learning about inclusion of rainbow communities in sport and physical activity
  • Guiding principles that support organisations to develop or amend transgender policies

About the resources 

How can these resources be used?

These resources have been designed to help sporting and other bodies consider and plan for how to be inclusive of transgender, non-binary and rainbow people in community sport.

How were these created?  

Through consultation on the Guiding Principles for Transgender Inclusion in Community Sport, the sector identified a need for more resources to support understanding and awareness of rainbow communities more broadly. A working group was then formed with sector representatives from NZ Rugby, NZ Cricket, NZ Football, NZ Netball, Golf NZ, Swimming NZ, School Sport NZ, Waka Ama NZ and Aktive Auckland, whose help and expertise made this work possible.

We partnered with InsideOUT Kōaro, who are leading experts in inclusion of rainbow communities, to develop a suite of resources to support rainbow inclusion in community sport and recreation.  Through this, InsideOUT consulted with many groups in Aotearoa that support members of various rainbow communities.

How can these resources be used?  

These resources are to help anyone delivering sport or physical activity opportunities consider how they can provide safe and inclusive environments and be supportive of transgender, non-binary and rainbow people.


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