Melbourne Council Announces Gender Diverse Swim Night


A Melbourne council has announced an after-hours “swim night” event for transgender and gender diverse swimmers next month.

The City of Darebin said the event at Reservoir Leisure Reserve north of Melbourne would be closed to the public to give transgender and gender diverse swimmers the chance for a “stress-free” swim.

“To create a safe and welcoming environment, the event is only open to trans and gender-diverse people and their friends, partners and families,” community development director Katrina Knox said.

“Council has a long and proud history of supporting and celebrating diversity.

“We intend to continue to be leaders in this space, with the help and advice of the people who live and work in Darebin — who come up with great ideas like this one.”

The council said the cost of the February 24 event would be a $3 entry fee.

Darebin Councillor Stephanie Amir said the event was for transgender and gender-diverse people who don’t feel comfortable going to a public pool.

A spokesperson for Victoria’s Equality Minister Martin Foley said the government applauded the council for trying to “include all Victorians in their public facilities”.

“This event will build confidence in our trans, gender diverse and intersex community – and put a stop to the isolation they so often feel,” he said.

“We want to end the discriminatory behaviours these communities face.”