Carlton Blues AFLW star Darcy Vescio praised for changing the game on gender diversity

Former player and respected commentator Chyloe Kurdas said that whenever there is a positive representation of marginalized groups, such as non-binary people, it helps reduce discrimination.

Young people like Vescio, 28, helped create “more freedom for older people in the LGBTIQ + community,” who grew up in far more judgmental times, to “be really comfortable with who we are.”

“They understand the power they have and the setback … That they would take this on in the run-up to the start of the AFLW season is strategic, powerful and courageous.”

Emma Race, The Outer Sanctum

“There are people older than me who are still sitting in the closet, struggling with their sexuality and gender representation, and when Darcy comes out and says they are non-binary, or an A-League footballer says, ‘I is a queer man ‘, it creates greater security and freedom for people who were not given the privilege of growing up in a more open-minded society. ”

Soccer player Fiona Newton from Joy FM’s Chicks Talking Footy show, praised Vescio for her story of activism in trans issues, which included wearing the transgender colors on her mouthguard at an AFLW pride game and ensuring that they were also included in the design of guernseys for AFLW pride games.

AFLW player Erin Phillips (left) with wife Tracy Gahan in 2017.

AFLW player Erin Phillips (left) with wife Tracy Gahan in 2017. Credit:Getty Images

Vescio’s latest gesture helped normalize diversity in the same way as the famous kiss shared by Adelaide Crows star Erin Phillips and wife Tracy Gahan as Phillips won the best and fairest medal at the league’s first awards night in March 2017.

“People being able to see themselves represented on the football field is really powerful,” Newton said.

Darcy Vescio in action against Fremantle Dockers.

Darcy Vescio in action against Fremantle Dockers.Credit:Dylan Burns

“I remember Erin Phillips kissing her wife and getting her kids to hold the Premiership Cup on the field; it just normalized our families at the time [equal marriage] referendum was underway. It meant so much just to have that visibility. ”

Emma Race, a co-host of the popular football podcast The outer sanctuary , said: “there are lots of people in The outer sanctuary community that blows the air today and says, ‘thank you, Darcy, we now feel seen by you’. “

“Again, Darcy is a pioneer in taking on a difficult subject and even wearing that cloak to signal to other people and people who look at them that it is OK for them to declare who they are.”


It took a lot of courage to come out in public when some people are still arguing loudly on social media that “there he is, and she and nothing in between,” she said.

“When the gender equality debate was going on in this country, Darcy stood up and said she was for it, even before the club issued a statement; they understand the power they have and the setback. And that they would take this on in the run-up to the AFLW season starting [on January 7] is strategic, powerful and brave. ”

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