Wynnum’s new Bay Pride targeted with homophobic flyers

Wynnum Fringe founder Tom Oliver and headliner Rhonda Burchmore ahead of Bay Pride homophobic flyers
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The organisers of Wynnum Fringe are seeking legal advice after protesters distributed homophobic flyers to letterboxes opposing the festival’s new Bay Pride event.

The fourth annual Wynnum Fringe Festival is on now, with a lineup of arts and cultural events half an hour from Brisbane.

The Wynnum and Manly festival’s second week this week has a “Pride” theme. The inaugural LGBTQIA+ celebration Bay Pride is this Sunday (November 26).

The colourful Bay Pride March will travel from the Wynnum Jetty to George Clayton Park from noon.

That afternoon, Bay Pride is taking over the park, with stalls, markets and free entertainment all day on the Outdoor Stage.

RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under stars Gabriella Labucci, Faux Fur and Ivory Glaze are all performing.

‘We’re seeking legal advice’

However, a “small minority” of locals have targeted the event, demanding its cancellation. They’ve contacted sponsors and distributed flyers in an unsuccessful bid to sink the event.

Now Wynnum Fringe founder Tom Oliver has slammed a new low in the attacks in a video on social media.

Tom said he is seeking legal advice over the “defamatory” new flyer put in Wynnum and Manly mailboxes.

“There’s a small minority of people that don’t want week two to happen, that’s Pride,” Tom explained.

“Specifically, our family-friendly walk that’s happening at midday on Sunday from Wynnum Jetty to the Wynnum Fringe garden.”

Tom said he was aware protesters had distributed two earlier letters. Those letters made false claims about the march and promoted a planned peaceful protest against it.

“Now I’ve been informed of a third [flyer]. It’s defamatory, it’s misinformed and I’d just like you to know that this hasn’t been created by us,” he said.

The fake flyers use an unauthorised reproduction of Wynnum Fringe’s artwork and performers. But the disturbing flyers contain misinformation and vile claims falsely suggesting the family-friendly event is adults-only and dangerous to children.

Wynnum Fringe homophobic flyers

“We will be seeking legal advice and I’d like to understand who made this and put this in letterboxes,” Tom said.


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Wynnum Fringe founder Tom Oliver appeals for CCTV

Tom Oliver urged local residents who have received the material to come forward with any CCTV footage.

“Help us find who this person is,” he said.

“I’d also strongly encourage everyone to come down to Wynnum Fringe, especially on Sunday.

“Support these incredible artists who put their lives and stories on the line every time they perform. It’s such a vulnerable thing to get up in front of people and be yourself.

“The fact that there’s a small minority trying to shut down this down is just the saddest thing. We cannot stand down to bullying and this is not okay.”

Supporters flooded Tom’s post with support. A number of local councillors and politicians also condemned the material and backed Bay Pride.

State MP Joan Pease, who’s named on the fake flyers with other sponsors, denounced them on Facebook and supported Tom, Wynnum Fringe and Bay Pride.

“The flyers are incredibly misleading, incite hate, and in actual fact are a complete lie,” she said.

Fringe headliner Rhonda Burchmore also spoke out against the backlash.

“This is so wrong… it makes me so upset that @wynnumfringe trying so hard to create an incredible event and these hideous people go out of their way to spoil it,” she wrote on Instagram.

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  1. Peter Turner
    21 November 2023

    Someone in the area must know who did this

    In 2023 I’d have thought we were beyond this type of crap but it seems the haters are feeling emboldened.

    Good luck with the festival and I’d encourage everyone in our community to attend and make it a huge success.

    Only that will send the message that we won’t be bullied into silence.

  2. Michael
    21 November 2023

    Isn’t it just so ironic, that these crumbs are hiding behind this false Ultra Conservative Morality crap. With the soul aim to falsely frame those with sincere & True real word Morality & Values, as the villains. But it is only those “hideous people” all of there own accord, that are getting into the filthy gutters, flowing all the way down into the fetted rodent infested sewers, knowing full well the harm they do want to achieve. Yet despite the proof that those fake flyers were sadly very real (as Tom was holding up), no-one ever manages to notice these people going around distributing in a large area like Wynnum. Because no doubt they are so cowardly they are doing it so late at night no-one would be to likely to catch them. Chances are the real creators weren’t necessarily THE same hate mongers, just sad fools they managed to infect / inject with THEIR corrosive propaganda! That is the only form of child abuse going on here. I SO look forward to hearing this event went ahead this coming weekend, to the extent everyone was able to almost forget about this vile display of wilful disharmony. Because everyone attending this walk & the whole event in general, went home knowing it was the uplifting of community spirit it was only going to be all along. & that ugly white noise that was so over confident would turn into their favour, failed spectacularly! Where once upon a time those same immoral tactics, were allowed to work too
    overwhelmingly, were seen right threw in this space in time & will hopefully get all the shame due in abundance to catch up with them! One hopes sooner than later, where they most certainly should be named & shamed…..see how they like?! It’s what their horrific predecessors used to do to our communities!

  3. Michael
    21 November 2023

    I’m a Wynnum local and am now determined to join the Wynnum Pride march to show my support for the LGBTIQA+ members of our community. We welcome all here on the bayside. The fact that some coward produced fake leaflets to attempt to marginalise others will hopefully bring stronger support for the Pride parade. I’ll be there Sunday in rainbow colours!

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