fostering diversity & inclusion is a key value at BlocHaus — we aim to provide an environment that’s welcoming to all humans regardless of their gender identity or sexuality & to create a space where LGBTQ+ folk can be themselves & feel supported to learn new skills, participate in climbing activities & find a sense of belonging in the community.
In early 2020 we partnered with LGBTQ+ inclusive climbing organisation, ClimbingQTs to work together toward supporting our diverse community & see ourselves in a place where:
- LGBTQ+ climbers feel welcomed, recognised & feel free to be themselves.
- the broader climbing community benefits from the diversity of our community
- our work influences other climbing organisations to take action in the LGBTQ+ inclusion space.
meet our BlocHaus LGBTQ+ inclusion ambassadors & champions.
ambassadors are proud allies & role models for our climbing community — they exhibit attitudes, values & behaviours that align with BlocHaus & advocate for LGBTQ+ inclusion in all aspects of climbing.
champions have up to date information regarding LGBTQ+ events & programs, campaigns & are readily available to listen to feedback & support individuals to ensure everyone has a safe, fun & welcoming experience at BlocHaus.
(she/her) has been involved in climbing for about four years but quickly fell in love with every aspect of the sport — grace is primarily a competition climber — she began competing when she moved to melbourne from the US three years ago.
her love for climbing only grew as she involved herself more in the community and competitions — she is currently on the Australian speed & bouldering teams as well as the continental combined team.
having few queer climbers to look up to in her own life inspires grace to help grow the climbing community to be an even more open & inclusive space full of diverse & positive role models.
follow grace on instagram @gracecrowlye
(she/her) has been involved in the climbing community her entire life, participating herself for over two decades.
she works as a coach & trainer for all ages and abilities at a gym to national level, & is passionate about creating and fostering a safe & inclusive space for everyone. Climbing is a defining part of her life, hoping it can be somewhere welcoming where others can find the same love & enjoyment she has.
follow sophie on instagram @sophi_b_climbing
want to be involved or just want to know more? get in touch.
if you have witnessed or been the target of bullying, harassment &/or vilification of any kind we encourage you to get in touch with a BlocHaus LGBTQ+ inclusion champion.
nikki phillips (she/her)
BlocHaus MLB LGBTQ+ Inclusion Champion
external support & counselling.
if you would prefer to seek support and advice from someone external, peer support is available through our LGBTQ+ inclusion partner climbingQTs.
treat everyone with equality.
Be aware of your implicit biases. Next time you meet someone new, think of the first thing that comes to mind. Then, think about how that influences your actions.
elevate the voices of LGBTQ+ climbers.
Make space for LGBTQ+ folks to contribute and participate. More representation means more young people will see themselves reflected in the community.
stand up for our rights.
Your opinion can carry more weight than an LGBTQ+ person speaking for their own rights. Call out bad behaviour and educate others where you can. Remember: not all underrepresented groups feel oppressed.
create an inclusive culture.
Consider the spaces we create in climbing and actively welcome others in. Engage openly in shared spaces at the crag, gym and in between. Think about how you can give back.
Always ask and never assume what pronouns someone uses. If you forget, it’s okay to ask. If you get it wrong, apologise, move on and try again! If someone corrects you, accept it with grace.
do your own research.
It’s great to be curious about LGBTQ+ culture and issues but not all LGBTQ+ people want to be the source of this information. If you can, do your own research. If it’s appropriate, let’s discuss!
If you want to share advice, ask first and then offer. What works for one person’s body may not work for someone else. The more open minded we can be about different and unique capabilities, the more we will all be able to challenge expectations and start crushing projects!
make it visible.
Wear your allyship with pride, whether that’s sharing a post online, wearing a pronoun badge or flying a rainbow flag at your gym. Openly share that you’re an ally so that your friends know where you stand.
find out more at the climbing QTs website:
haus party & dyno comp.
5.30pm friday 13 march
cost is standard entry
We’ll be hosting a friendly dyno comp throughout the night & there’ll be games, lucky door prizes, Bodriggy Brewing Co. brews & all round good times! Shout out to our sponsors Climbing Anchors, Red Brick Espresso, Roctic Climbing SCARPA & Sea to Summit – Outdoor Gear
social night — every friday.
come along from 5pm for a fun bouldering sesh with a kick-arse crew of women supporting each other.
We want to celebrate the amazing women in our community & continue to work on making climbing more accessible & inclusive. All women & non-binary folks welcome.
These nights are hosted by the wonderful women of BlocHaus Port Melbourne, including our spectacular setters Anaya, Maddi & Flo. Coach Sophie is always here to guide you through some sweet climbs & help out with any tips you need.
- 20% off casual entry
- free shoe & chalk hire
We also have open discussions on women in climbing, we’re keen to hear your thoughts & experiences, whether you’re brand new to climbing or an experienced crusher.
we’re all heartbroken by the impact these unprecedented bushfires have had on communities, wildlife & land. We’re incredibly inspired by those working tirelessly to combat the fires and to help the people & animals affected.
Thanks to all of you we have donated over $9,000 to:
- NSW Rural Fires Service, the volunteer firefighters risking their lives on the front line to combat the fires
- WIRES who are rescuing and caring for as many sick, injured and orphaned native animals as possible
- Foodbank NSW & VIC who are delivering emergency food & water relief to affected communities