Openly gay tennis fan Chrissy Adams (pictured left) has alleged she was stopped by Victoria Police for carrying a rainbow flag at the Australian Open last week and claims she felt “intimidated”.
Adams said she was warned by two officers if fellow spectators in the arena took offence she would be removed from the ground.
The incident occured on Friday, January 20.
Campaign organisers of Rainbow Flags Over Margaret Court Arena have lodged a complaint with the Victorian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission.
Victoria Police Gay and Lesbian Advisory Unit manager Sergeant Scott Davis confirmed he had raised the issue with the officer in charge of policing at the Australian Open.
The complaint has also gone to Victoria Police’s Ethical Standards Assistant Commissioner.
It’s understood a check of police notebooks is being made to identify the two officers involved.
© Star Observer 2014 | For the latest in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans* and Intersex (LGBTI) news in Australia, be sure to visit starobserver.com.au daily. You can also pick up the next Star Observer monthly magazine March 19 or Join us on our Facebook page and Twitter feed.