Free to be me. Activist / AFl Player. Conference Speaker

Pride Cup / Pride Game

Jason Ball (born 16 January 1988) is an Australian LGBTI and mental health advocate and former political candidate. In 2012 he came out as gay, becoming the second male Australian rules football player at any level to publicly come out in the national media.

Mental health and LGBTI inclusion:   In 2013, Ball became an ambassador for beyondblue, the Australian national mental health initiative. In this role he has spoken in schools, sporting clubs and conferences, as well as delivered keynote addresses on LGBTI inclusion to companies including ANZ, Goldman Sachs, SEEK and Westpac.

On 3 May 2014, Ball's team Yarra Glen and opposition Yarra Junction united for an inaugural Pride Cup to promote inclusion and diversity, which saw the 50 metre lines at each end of the oval painted in rainbow colours. The AFL supported the event by hosting a pre-match function, and General Manager of Football Operations Mark Evans announced that the AFL would support a national Pride Cup, and that it was up to clubs to show interest.

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