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Anna Wintour criticises Margaret Court, Australia's LGBTIQ rights record

9Honey logo 9Honey 24/01/2019 Kahla Preston

Anna Wintour has served up a critique of Australia's LGBTIQ rights record and Margaret Court's "intolerant" views in a keynote speech at an Australian Open event.

Speaking at the Australian Open Inspirational Series on Thursday, the visiting US Vogue editor-in-chief declared "intolerance has no place in tennis" and called for Margaret Court Arena to be renamed.

"I find that it is inconsistent with the sport for Margaret Court’s name to be on a stadium that does so much to bring all people together across their differences," she told the audience, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Court, who is now a Christian minister, has drawn widespread criticism for her outspoken opposition to same sex marriage and homosexuality.

a person taking a selfie: Anna Wintour spoke at an event in Melbourne on Thursday. © AAP Anna Wintour spoke at an event in Melbourne on Thursday. Wintour acknowledged that while the former athlete was "a champion on the court", her opinions didn't reflect the spirit of the sport.

"A meeting point for players of all nations, preferences and backgrounds should celebrate somebody that was a champion off the court as well," she said.

The fashion icon also voiced her "alarm" over Prime Minister Scott Morrison's record on LGBTIQ rights, labelling it "backwards in all senses."

a person wearing sunglasses talking on a cell phone: Wintour suggested Margaret Court Arena be renamed. © AAP Wintour suggested Margaret Court Arena be renamed.

"That no-one can be expelled from school for their orientation should not require clarification," Wintour added, referring to previous proposals for the Sex Discrimination Act to be amended in a way to allow religious schools to do so.

"A government should protect its people, not make it unclear whether they will be accepted and we are struggling with these issues in the United States as well."

On a more positive note, Wintour praised Australia's support of women in sport.

"It’s clear why this is the home of Stephanie Gilmore, Samantha Kerr and Evonne Goolagong, and why those women have done so much work beyond training to use their platforms to bring about good," she said.

Pictures: Anna Wintour: Life in pictures

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