Drag Event In Melbourne Postponed After Threats Of Protest From Neo-Nazis

Drag Event In Melbourne Postponed After Threats Of Protest From Neo-Nazis
Image: File image: Neo-Nazis targeted drag performances at a family-friendly youth festival in Moonee Ponds on September 30, 2022. Photo: Chris Johnson

A drag event scheduled to be held at the Victorian Pride Centre on Thursday was postponed following threats of protest from suspected Neo-Nazi and Proud Boys members.

“In accordance with advice received from Victorian Police, Council, Minus 18 and The Victorian Pride Centre have made the difficult decision to postpone tonight’s Glitter Nova event at the Victorian Pride Centre. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and confirm that the event will be postponed to a later date which we will advise shortly,” Stonnington Youth Services, the organiser of the event, said in a post on social media.

A Victoria Police spokesperson confirmed that the event had been postponed. “Victoria Police are aware a planned community event on Fitzroy Street, St Kilda has today been postponed,” the spokesperson told Star Observer in a statement.”Police will continue to run proactive patrols of the area to deter any anti-social behaviour and work with partner agencies to ensure the safety of all community members for future events.”

Drag Event For Young People Targeted

City of Stonnington’s Youth Services had organised Glitter Nova, at the Victorian Pride Centre in St Kilda, Australia’s first LGBTQI community hub. The event for young people aged 12 to 25, was to feature drag workshops and performances by drag performers including Alexander McKween, Belial B’Zarr and Randy Roy.

A day before the event, messages surfaced on Telegram channels XYZ News, Turning Point Australia and Australian Meditations Nationalist Yarn chat, run by suspected National Socialist Network members. The posts spoke about a protest being planned at the event by a group calling itself ‘People Against Pedos’.

Neo-Nazis Discuss Plans To Target Drag Event At Melbourne’s Victorian Pride Centre

The organisers said they became aware of the planned protests and decided that “in order to maintain our commitment to safe and inclusive events we feel our only option is to postpone the event in order for us to ensure the safety of our attendees.”

“We were looking forward to this event and understand that many young people were also looking forward to this event and the decision to postpone has not been taken lightly. The safety of our community is paramount,” Stonnington Youth Services said.
“Glitter Nova was designed in collaboration with our Expressions youth committee and our partners to be a safe, fun, joyful event for young people to connect and celebrate with their community. We understand and acknowledge the disappointment that will be felt by the young people who planned to attend, the performers and our partners. We are currently in the process of planning the re-scheduled Glitter Nova event. We will update our community when the new date has been set for the event,” the organisers said.

‘We Won’t Be Bullied’

The organisers insisted that the postponement of the event did not validate the planned protests. “Our decision to postpone the event in no way legitimises the statements made by the protest groups. We fully support our LGBTIQA+ community and are committed to a culture of child safety.”

LGBTQI and anti-fascist community groups had said they would form a “protective presence” outside the Pride Centre to ensure that the event would go off without a hitch. The groups said they would still turn up at the Pride Centre to ensure any attendees who might not have gotten the postponement message in time and turned up are not harassed by the neo-Nazi protesters.

“We are frustrated that the Council has given these homophobes twin. But that can’t be changed and the kids are the focus as it should be”.

“We won’t be bullied into submission so easily. We ask people to commit to turning up and deny the fascists a photo opportunity, and let them know that we won’t be pushed over,” a message that was circulated on social media said.

On September 30, members of the National Socialist Network, founded by Australian neo-Nazi Thomas Sewell, similarly targeted a family-friendly youth festival to celebrate the end of school holidays in the inner Melbourne suburb of Moonee Ponds. The Neo-Nazis shouted homophobic and transphobic slogans and performed offensive Hitler salutes, which led to the performances at the event being cut short.

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2 responses to “Drag Event In Melbourne Postponed After Threats Of Protest From Neo-Nazis”

  1. Why postpone at all? Wouldn’t it be easy to call the police and have the nazi creeps removed from the area for like inciting hate or disrupting the peace or something. And if they came back they could be charged for ignoring police directives….ect.

    Spewing hate does not make for a peaceful protest.

  2. I’m truly amazed by the level of blatant ignorance and moronic “flat earth” mentality of these Nationalist-(so called neo-nazi) group fully believing there exhists a connection between Paedophilia & LGBT or Drag Queen/art performances. What I find more alarming is these groups form up,spewing a hatred rhetoric without citing any reasonable evidence to prove or legitimise their hatred,intent of aggressive violence towards LGBT/Drag /Pride (publicised event supported by council,VicPol,legit business’s).