Brisbane protest against transphobic fearmongering by pollies


transphobic fearmongering brisbane protest

A Brisbane protest against transphobic fearmongering takes place in the city’s CBD this Saturday, May 14. The 2022 federal election campaign has seen a ramping up of attacks on trans people and the broader LGBTIQ community by Scott Morrison and Katherine Deves as well as other right-wing politicians.

But Equal Love Brisbane is taking a stand against politicians using our communities as punching bags.

Speakers at the protest include iconic veteran activist Shelley Argent and Greens MP for South Brisbane, Amy MacMahon. Also addressing the rally: Navindra, Parker Forbes from ATSAQ, Darci Wanamaker from The Services Union and Ash Sehl of the Socialist Alternative UQ.

Equal Love Brisbane convenor Sel Dowd said our communities need to get the momentum back on our side.

“The LNP’s disgusting, hateful rhetoric needs to be opposed and condemned. They need to know that the majority of Australians support equality for trans people, and don’t agree with their outdated transphobic views.

“We won’t stand for being the punching bag and scapegoat for opportunistic politicians, from any party.

“Scott Morrison has also promised to bring back the religious discrimination bill and pass it without any amendments. This would leave in place the terrible legislation that emboldens bigots to discriminate against gay and trans kids in schools. So much for living in a free and equal society.

“It’s telling that the Labor party has promised to bring back the religious discrimination bill too. They want to court the same conservative voters as the LNP.”

Trans rights hell yeah, bigots hell no!

“So we need to mobilise and get the momentum on our side again. We can’t go forward by standing still. We need to rally, occupy and shut it down to send our message: trans rights hell yeah, bigots hell no!”

The protest will start at 1 pm on Saturday in Brisbane’s King George Square.

Come along and take a stand against transphobic fearmongering.

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