A MEETING of community members and groups in Sydney last night led to a decision to take action in response to recent homophobic and transphobic comments in the media, parliament and internet.

About 100 attended Sydney’s LGBTQIA+ Community Response Meeting in Surry Hills to discuss ways to work together to counter the recent attacks by far right politicians and some media outlets in regards to the Safe Schools program and marriage equality.

Two members of the Safe Schools initiative in NSW addressed the group, outlining what the program actually does and why it’s important for young people. Following their address a student from Newtown High School of the Performing Arts also spoke about how important the program was for LGBTI students.

Attendees at the meeting were then given two minutes each to discuss ideas they had for action and what was issues they believed were important for the community to resolve.

 

Following lengthy debate the group decided to go ahead with a rally this Saturday March 12 at 2pm from Sydney Town Hall so that students were free to attend. 

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Mardi Gras board director James Brechney volunteered to coordinate action on Thursday evening, to create media attention before the findings of the government’s investigation into Safe Schools were released on Friday.

What the action will be is yet to be confirmed but readers can keep up to date with information about Saturday’s rally here and Thursday’s planned action here.

 

People at the meeting were encouraged to write down their ideas, pin them up on the wall for others in the group to commit to helping and to help generate more discussion about what can be done to protect Safe Schools.

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Some ideas at Sydney's LGBTIQA+ Community Response. Photo: Shannon Power

Some ideas at Sydney’s LGBTIQA+ Community Response. Photo: Shannon Power

Sydney’s LGBTQIA+ Community Response Meeting organising committee member Lana Woolf said the meeting went well and reflected “a really diverse range of LGBTIQ people”.

“They came together to participate in having a conversation on how we as a community can respond with action, how we can together work in a way that keeps our queer communities safe,” she said.

A similar meeting was held in Melbourne last week.

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