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Controversial AFL Legend Danielle Laidley Takes Centre Stage at Wyndham’s IDAHOBIT Event

Danielle Laidley in Wyndham

Wyndham City Council is excited to host a significant celebration of IDAHOBIT, the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia. This event aims to support and raise awareness for the LGBTQIA+ community, advocating for equality, freedom, and justice.


The event will take place at the Wyndham Civic Centre on May 16, starting at 10 am. It will feature a flag-raising ceremony and light refreshments, creating a welcoming environment for all attendees.

One of the highlights of the event is the keynote speech by Danielle Laidley, a former AFL star and transgender advocate, who was born a biological male and previously known as Dean Laidley. Dean had an impressive career in the Australian Football League, playing a crucial role in North Melbourne’s 1996 premiership team and later serving as the team’s coach from 2003 to 2009.

Laidley encountered legal challenges in May 2020 when she was arrested and charged with stalking. At the time of her arrest, she was found in possession of 0.43 grams of methamphetamine. Laidley did not seek bail and later entered a diversion program, receiving an adjourned undertaking with no conviction recorded for the stalking charge. Additionally, a Victoria Police officer was charged with unauthorized access and disclosure of police information after leaking photos of Laidley dressed in women’s clothing while in custody.

Leaked photo of Laidley
One of the photos leaked by Victoria Police

Wyndham City Mayor, Councillor Jennie Barrera, highlighted the importance of IDAHOBIT in combatting discrimination and promoting a supportive community. “IDAHOBIT celebrates LGBTQIA+ people globally and is also a day to raise awareness of LGBTQIA+ rights and the work still needed to combat discrimination,” stated Cr Barrera. She emphasized the ongoing challenges faced by the LGBTQIA+ community: “Unfortunately, the LGBTQIA+ community continues to experience discrimination based on their sexuality, gender identity, or intersex status – and it is important we create a culture where everyone feels safe and welcome.”

Cr Barrera encouraged all residents of Wyndham to attend: “I encourage all Wyndham residents to attend our IDAHOBIT event to learn, listen, and stand in support of the LGBTQIA+ community to ensure a more inclusive Wyndham for all people.”

Registrations for this event are essential, visit council’s website for information.

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