Panel Announced for Out to Win Screening: Sunday 28 Feb
11 February 2016: Ian Thorpe, Matthew Mitcham, Sally Shipard, Daniel Kowalski, Sally Gorman and Casey Conway will form a panel discussion about being elite gay athletes as part of the Mardi Gras Film Festival screening of OUT TO WIN co-presented with Pride in Sport on Sunday 28 February at 7.30pm at Event Cinemas, George Street. Tickets are now on sale at queerscreen.org.au or through the Mardi Gras Film Festival app.
This high profile panel of elite Australian athletes will discuss the impact their sexuality has had on their careers and personal lives. The panel will follow the screening of Malcolm Ingram’s documentary examining the lives of aspiring and professional gay and lesbian athletes featuring interviews with Billie Jean King, Jason Collins, John Amaechi, Martina Navratilova, Michael Sam and many more.
“We are thrilled to host so many Australian sporting legends at our screening and highlight one of our key themes this year which is a focus on equality in sport,” explains Festival Director Paul Struthers. “With the visibility of LGBTIQ athletes continuing to rise, and many deciding to come out during their careers, we are celebrating by presenting four excellent LGBTIQ sporting documentaries highlighting sexuality diversity at all levels of sporting competition from elite professional athletes to amateur club sport.”
As part of ACON’s newly launched Pride in Sport program that includes a world-first LGBTI inclusivity index for sport – the Pride in Sport Index – hosting the OUT TO WIN panel is another step in exploring how homophobia in sport at a local, national and international level can be addressed.
“Many of Australia’s National and State sporting organisations are recognising that positive steps need to be taken to ensure that your sexuality does not impact your ability to play, watch or be involved with sport at any level in Australia. The Pride in Sport Index will provide sporting organisations with the opportunity to annually benchmark their diversity and therefore promoting great equality in sporting opportunity. The OUT TO WIN documentary highlights in many aspects that the USA leads Australia in this regard” said Andrew Purchas, Vice President of ACON and a founder of the Pride in Sport Index.
The other sports documentaries featured in the Festival’s Focus on Sport program include: BACK ON BOARD: GREG LOUGANIS chronicling the American diver’s career and retirement; Australian-made SCRUM following the players fighting to get a position on the Sydney Convicts Rugby Club in time for the 2014 Bingham Cup and GAME FACE a documentary exploring the lives of LGBTIQ athletes including transgender lesbian MMA fighter Fallon Fox and Terrence Clemens the out college basketballer.
Tickets for all films are on sale now including flexi passes to 5 or 10 films. Please visit queerscreen.org.au or the Mardi Gras Film Festival app to book or call (02) 9332 4938 to become a Queer Screen member for discounted tickets and priority entry.