Lib MP: out for milliseconds, tells us we’re all wrong

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A newly elected Victorian Liberal MP used his maiden speech to come out Thursday night. Lib MP Joe McCracken then immediately launched into a critique of the community he apparently just joined.

Indeed, the fledgling friend of Dorothy decreed we should dispense with Pride Festivals and the Rainbow Flag.

Excuse me?


Earlier this week, Opposition Leader John Pesutto became the first Liberal leader to march in Midsumma Pride. But soon-to-come-out Lib MP Joe McCracken did not join fellow party members at the march. Now we know why.

Because within moments of coming out, Joe McCracken started telling the parliament everything the LGBT community does wrong.

Triggered by the Rainbow Flag

“Many, including myself, have difficulty being associated with the movement.

“Most people in the LGBT community just want to get on with living their lives.”

“Gay people do not need to be treated any differently to anyone else: no separate doctors, no separate radio stations, no festivals, and no separate flags.”

Oh! Neither guilt about his sexuality nor homophobia and discrimination dissuaded Joe from coming out previously.

No! He was triggered by the Rainbow Flag.

The Lib MP declared the ‘all glitter and streamers‘ stereotype perhaps contributed to his reluctance to accept his sexuality.

Someone tell this man some history!

They say you need to walk before you run.

Baby steps, Joe McCracken, baby steps.

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1 Comment

  1. Milo
    12 February 2023

    As an older Gay male will some one please give this guy a history lesson. He needs to learn about our history. I went through hell when younger like most LGBT peaple and even intodays age its not easy for the young generation. I agree we all need to have the same rights no mater what, and yes I was lucky with suport of my parents even though im not a flag waver or sequin queen I participated in the origional marches for LGBT rights, even lost my job for it so Joe McCracken get into the real world stand up for your peaple including fighting against persicution through religious orders. not so mutch older buggers but the young need your help there is to many suicides. all thgough governments inability to rcognise everybody fairly. If you don’t like mardigra don’t go, its a fun night to help not just LGBT but make sure everybody is inclusive but we have to show we won’t take being discrimated by anyone. Nobody should fear being LGBT !

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