Jill Stark

Jill Stark

Jill Stark is a senior writer for The Sunday Age. She is the author of High Sobriety, a book about Australia's drinking culture and how she survived a year without booze.

AFL

AFL spreads word on homophobic vilification

Jason Ball, gay advocate and former AFL player.

Jill Stark Players across Australia will be counselled on the impact of homophobia.

Message watered down in subplot

AFL Essendon v GWS at Etihad stadium. essendon substitute.

Jill Stark When Carlton United Breweries struck a deal to sponsor AFL player substitutes, the brewing giant claimed it was to promote responsible drinking.

AFL stars come out against gay slurs

Yarra Glen Footballer Jason Ball takes part in the Gay Pride March Parade in St Kilda.

Jill Stark Some of the AFL's biggest stars will call on football fans and players to stop using terms such as ''faggot'', ''homo'' and ''poofter'', in a new campaign to kick homophobia out of the game.

Call for AFL booze ad ban

Still from Carlton Draught advertising campaign. 
Supplied by Sally Chapman of  George Patterson Partners in Melbourne

Jill Stark New research shows up to a fifth of last year's AFL and NRL grand final broadcasts featured alcohol promotions.

Swans may host pride game

Illustration: Matt Golding.

Jill Stark THE AFL's first ''gay pride'' game is being proposed between powerhouse clubs Sydney and Hawthorn next season as part of a broader plan to tackle homophobia and make football more inclusive.

Gay pride game bid

Andrew Demetriou.

Jill Stark AFL considering gay pride round next season in bid to make football a more inclusive sport.

Sporting highs and lows

Love of the game

Football

Jill Stark The end of the AFL season may be a reprieve for those who find the saturation coverage of our national game tiresome. But for Jill Stark, it’s a time of mourning.

Gay ads to air on AFL's big screens

Illustration: Matt Golding.

Jill Stark The AFL will broadcast 'No to homophobia' advertisements on the big screen at tonight's Sydney-Collingwood preliminary final as part of a major push to stamp out discrimination.

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Dear AFL: can't you save us from all our problems?

The AFL's field of women in 2010.

Jill Stark When it comes to racism, the AFL was unequivocal in a promotional campaign last month: 'It stops with us.'

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'I didn't know any footballers who were gay'

Lilydale footballer Jason Ball.

Jill Stark Sometimes he'd say he had a girlfriend. In the world of Aussie rules football, Jason Ball thought he had to play up his 'blokeyness'.

Support for gay players

Scott Lucas

Jill Stark Scott Lucas says AFL players could lead the way in ridding the game of homophobia.

Star's fight raises cancer concern

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Jill Stark and Gary Tippet JIM STYNES, the AFL champion who died last week from the melanoma he was diagnosed with in 2009, took up meditation, yoga and reiki massage, ate raw food, underwent coffee enemas and Indonesian smoke...