RuPaul’s Drag Race star Etcetera Etcetera will join a lineup of speakers addressing a Sydney rally protesting against the Morrison Government’s Religious Discrimination Bill this weekend.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison introduced the contentious legislation to parliament last week. The federal parliament wrapped up for the year on Thursday, leaving the Bill in limbo before next year’s federal election.
NSW LGBTIQ group Community Action for Rainbow Rights (CARR) called a rally for this Sunday at Sydney’s Taylor Square.
Several speakers will join the group addressing the rally from 12pm. They include federal Greens Senator Mehreen Faruqi, Uniting Church minister Jo Inkpin, and non-binary RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under star Etcetera Etcetera.
CARR co-convener April Holcombe said the Religious Discrimination Bill will “wind back the clock on hard-won rights for LGBTI people and women.”
“The religious Right wants a green light to sack LGBTI teachers and spout heinous bigotry, shielded from all consequences,” Holcombe said.
“We’re going to make sure they don’t get it.
“It’s appalling the Labor Party are refusing to oppose the bill and tacitly endorsing the call for ‘freedom’ for religious institutions to hire and fire as they like.
“Public opposition is crucial in piling on the pressure. [We must show] the right their attempts to weaken LGBTI rights will always fail.”
More discrimination, not less under government’s proposal
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has framed the Religious Discrimination Bill as “a shield, not a sword” for Australians of faith.
However LGBTIQ advocates and legal experts refute this. They warn the legislation would undermine existing protections and permit discrimination against LGBTIQ people, women, and various minority groups.
Federal Labor has also come under fire for not declaring a position on the Morrison Government’s latest draft.
On Friday, a group of CARR protesters marched through Cronulla waving banners and placards opposing the Religious Discrimination Bill.
The group took their message directly to Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s office (above) on Friday afternoon.
Western Australia protest against Religious Discrimination Bill
In Western Australia, local group Rainbow Rebellion WA also called a snap protest against the Religious Discrimination Bill.
They announced plans for the rally outside Attorney-General Michaelia Cash’s offices in Perth on Friday afternoon.
“This bill will wind back the gains won by activists fighting for equality over decades,” Rainbow Rebellion WA said.
“[It] will give bigots the right to discriminate against women, LGBTI people and ethnic minorities.
“Labor shamefully remains equivocal and won’t outright oppose these disgusting bills.
“We need to take to take the fight to [Senator Cash] to stop this bill and show politicians ordinary people are against this discriminatory legislation.”
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