We’re proud to announce that we are partnering with Twenty10 inc. GLCS NSW, an organisation focused on delivering services for young LGBTIQA+ people, to support the Pride pillar of the club’s Diversity Action Plan.
Like the Swans, Twenty10 is this year celebrating its 40th year in Sydney and is the largest and longest-running organisation in NSW that works with young LGBTIQA+ people. The organisation provides a range of services including housing, counselling, social support groups and programs, for people aged 12-25.
Twenty10 also supports people of all ages through its QLife program, Australia’s LGBTIQA+ phone and web peer support service, and delivers LGBTIQA+ inclusivity and suicide prevention training.
Sydney Swans CEO Tom Harley said the partnership will assist the club in its mission to continue to listen, learn, and create safe spaces where everyone feels welcome.
“Twenty10 does some wonderful work, particularly with young people, and our organisations share some great synergies including a passion for education and inclusion,” Harley said.
“Our official LGBITQA+ supporter group, the Rainbow Swans, has long supported Twenty10’s work, so our partnership is a natural progression of that support.
“We look forward to working with Twenty10 as part of our Diversity Action Plan, which is our roadmap to influencing positive change both within the club and the community more broadly. Through listening and learning we can further our understanding of the role we can play in making everyone feel safe, welcome, and included.”
Twenty10 Co-Executive Director Jain Moralee said:
“Twenty10 is incredibly excited to be working with the Sydney Swans and we look forward to collaborating with the club to deliver a range of LGBTIQA+ inclusivity workshops with staff, players, and the QBE Sydney Swans Academy.
“We have shared values as organisations in the importance of equity for all members of our diverse communities – and this partnership will provide Twenty10 with a significant platform to raise awareness for our services with AFL fans across NSW and Australia.”
The announcement comes in the lead up to this year’s Pride Game at the SCG, with the Sydney Swans to take on St Kilda on Saturday, June 25 in a celebration of diversity and inclusion.