Sydney community meeting to be held over attacks on LGBTI community
A grassroots meeting is to be held next week in Sydney to initiate a response to attacks on the LGBT community.
Meeting organisers say recent comments and campaigns from right wing politicians and organisations such as the Australian Christian Lobby are having severe effects on Australia’s youth.
Queer activist and co-event organiser Sally Rugg said many community members have expressed interest in attending the meeting within hours of invites being sent out.
"The response to the event has been overwhelming – there's clearly an appetite within the community to listen, to be heard, to get organised and to take action,” she said.
"The meeting will be a facilitated community-led discussion" that aims to undertake "a community response to the coordinated homophobic, transphobic and biphobic attacks coming from opponents of LGBTQIA+ rights."
The agenda for the Sydney meeting will discuss topics including:
• The attack on the Safe Schools Coalition
• The attempted shut down of the Minus18 same sex and gender diverse formal in Melbourne
• The potential plebiscite on marriage equality
• Concerns about the Australian Christian Lobby’s request to be exempt from anti-discrimination laws
• The general political and media discourse that effects the mental health and physical safety of LGBTIQ people
The announcement of a Sydney meeting follows 300 people attending a similar meeting that was held in Melbourne on Wednesday night.
Above: Wednesday's Community Response Melbourne had over 300 attendees. Image via Facebook/Socialist Party
Representatives from Victoria’s major LGBT organisations spoke with a general consensus that the queer community need to work together to combat the misinformation some groups are spreading.
Attendee Kerry Price said there was widespread disappointment and anger over the Australian Christian Lobby's actions.
"Everyone is frustrated over the airtime ACL is being freely given, with minimal conversation with the actual people the Safe Schools Coalition is helping," he said.
The LGBTIQA+ Sydney Community Response meeting is on Monday, March 7, 6.30pm-8.30pm. Venue TBA. For details, click here.