Updated: Jun 28
MUWFC was joined by St Mary’s and West Brunswick FC for 2022 Pride Round!
Our annual Pride Round was held during Round 6 on Saturday 14th May, 2022.
Coming up against St Mary’s Salesian Amateur Football Club (Seniors and Reserves) and West Brunswick Amateur Football Club (Thirds), all three MUGARS teams took to our home ground at University Main Oval (Wurundjeri Country) in our first exciting triple header for the year.
The occasion marked our 5th Pride Round in the history of the club, continuing our commitment to LGBTIQ+ inclusivity and celebration, one of the three key pillars of our Advisory Committee which was set up this year.
All four of MUWFC's pride jerseys worn in the four = pride rounds prior to 2022. Photo by Steven Mallia.
We were also proud to have held our second annual Pride Luncheon as part of the day. Attendees joined us for a panel discussion focusing on trans and gender diverse inclusive environments and experiences, and our panel reflected on sport and recreation in this space.
We partnered with Pride Cup and Proud 2 Play for this special day. Pride Cup is making sport safe, welcoming and inclusive for LGBTIQ+ people through education and events, and we were thrilled to have hosted our own event. Proud2Play were also involved, and will be providing education for players and staff on trans and gender diverse inclusion in the lead up to the event. Read more about our fantastic panelists below:
MC: Michelle Redfern (she/her) - Workplace Gender Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Consultant, Lead to Soar Podcast Host, Advancing Women in Sport Research & Podcast Host, Creator of A Career that Soars! Women’s Network and a Women In Sport Advocate
Samson Rose (they/them) - LGBTIQA+/Autistic Liaison for Different Journeys, Author, current player with the East Brunswick Eye Gougers, former MUWFC player
Darcy Vescio (they/them) - Marquee Carlton AFLW player, 2x AFLW All Australian, 2x AFLW Leading Goal Kicker, openly non-binary athlete, gender diversity, equality, LGBT+ and multicultural advocate
Carter O’Regan (he/him) - Nurse in Brain Injury Rehabilitation, trans and gender diverse rights advocate, Kew FC player (currently injured, has played for 6 years in the VAFA women’s competition, before playing 1 year in the VAFA men’s competition)
Pride Luncheon Panel members (L-R): Darcy Vescio (they/them), Carter O'Regan (he/him), Samson Rose (they/them), Michelle Redfern (she/her). Photo by Steven Mallia.
All profits from the luncheon, summing totalling $2500 will go to Transgender Victoria, Victoria’s leading body for trans and gender diverse people who work to achieve justice, equity and inclusion for its communities, as well as partners, families, friends and allies. TGV aims to achieve better social, economic, health, wellbeing and mental health outcomes for its communities.
On top of the important message and work as part of Pride Round, we were stoked to come away from the day with 3 wins on Uni Main Oval (Wurundjeri Country)!
Head to the LGBTIQ+ page on our website to find out more about our Pride Strategy 2022-2025 and our Gender Inclusion Policy.
MUWFC acknowledges and respects the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nation, the Traditional Custodians of the land on which these matches and event took place. We pay our respects to all Elders past and present.