Transgender advocates have called on Victoria Police to investigate transphobia as a motivation for the leaking of photos of high-profile former football player and coach, Dean Laidley.
A senior constable with Victoria Police has been stood down and an investigation will be conducted into the taking and leaking of police photos of Laidley presenting as a woman at the time of their arrest.
Victoria Police Minister, Lisa Neville, has dismissed concerns about transphobia saying
, “I think this had much more to do about football than it did about anything else".
Veteran transgender advocate and just.equal spokesperson, Martine Delaney, said the minister's dismissiveness of transphobia sends a negative message.
"Ignoring the likely transphobia behind this incident sends a message to trans sportspeople and police that the authorities don't care about the prejudice and discrimination they face."
"Victoria Police must investigate transphobia as a motive, and do more to challenge transphobia in its ranks."
"We call on all Australian police services to implement nationally-consistent and high-standard training for police in transgender issues."
"The fact this occurred just days after Victoria adopted a new progressive law recongising transgender people, shows law reform must be accompanied by campaigns to improve attitudes and practices."