STATEMENT: GREENS STAND WITH ALL LGBTQIA+ PEOPLE TO PROTECT THE PLACE OF QUEER ART IN PUBLIC SPACES
Statement from Dr Amanda Cohn MLC, Greens NSW spokesperson for LGBTQIA+ and Local Government:
It is distressing to see some local councils cave to pressure from far-right fringe groups and cancel joyful and family-friendly events such as drag storytime at public libraries. While some cancellations may have been intended to protect the safety of performers and attendees, a better response from councils would be to increase safety and security measures so that these important events can go ahead. Cancelling unfortunately sends a message of non-support to the LGBTQIA+ community.
This Wednesday, on the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, mental health services reported increased demand from LGBTQ people hurt and alarmed by this debate, threats of violence and cancellation of events.
The Greens stand with LGBTQIA+ people always, and will stand beside them to continue the fight for queer rights, and protect the place of queer art forms in public spaces.
The vast majority of New South Wales residents support LGBTQIA+ inclusion - there's never been a better time to show your support by attending events like drag storytime.
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