Lifesavers with Pride

Welcome back to the beaches for the 2019 season.

As we get under way Lifesavers with Pride (LWP) are keen to touch base.  Now in our thirteenth year, we continue to promote our surf lifesaving community as inclusive and welcoming, and to demonstrate the progressive attitudes within the lifesaving community. LWP’s primary goals are to:

      • Celebrate LGBTIQ lifesavers and assist clubs to provide a supportive environment,
      • Promote lifesaving within the gay and lesbian community and promote lifesaving’s core values, especially inclusion.

For those who are unfamiliar with us, SBS created this short two minute video as part of the 2017 Mardi Gras festival (yes we know we got a signal wrong) – https://vimeo.com/208231853
LWP continues to grow with over 1,000 participants from across Australia (plus ten from eight other countries) having taken part in our events. Not only do we coordinate SLSA’s popular Mardi Gras entry every year, with participants from over 90 clubs around Australia, but we also work within lifesaving to promote an inclusive culture.

We invite you to check out our new website and the resources we have created to help your club support any current or potential LGBTIQ members.  It provides information on us and what we do, links, imagery from our activities and information from the various states and national lifesaving bodies.  We will also print and send some of these resources directly to your club, including posters, brochures, checklists and stickers. Feel free to share details with your members through your media channels

https://www.lifesaverswithpride.com.au/
We are also making a short video, which involves travelling to clubs around the country and filming members patrolling, training, competing and generally promoting a welcoming and progressive organisation.  Thanks to the clubs that have helped so far, and as it’s a big country, we have a few more to film.  We expect this to be ready for release next summer.

And finally we are working with SLSA to create a Proud Beaches workshop, explaining how your club’s work promoting an inclusive and progressive environment makes it a more inviting organisation, not just to LGBT members, but also their allies, families and potential recruits. We look forward to getting word out to you through your usual Life Saving channels.

For more resources supporting inclusion, check out the links below;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aX57IUyL43s
http://www.outonthefields.com/media/
https://www.playbytherules.net.au/news-centre/articles/1375-playing-in-the-closet-where-are-all-the-gay-people
https://www.sport.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/676310/140509_Inclusive_Sport_Survey_web.pdf

As always, we would be happy to help your club engage with LGBT members, assist with any issues and to come and speak with your board/committee, and members.  To reach us you can email us at info@lifesaverswithpride.com.au and we encourage you and your members to check out our website and follow us on social media for updates;

Wishing you all the best for a safe and enjoyable 2018/19 season.

The LWP Committee.

Gary/Holly/Grant/Wayne/Karen/Mick/Mike/Bastien/Andrew/Orlando/Dom/Tracey/Michele