Hundreds of people rallied in the rain at Sydney’s Town Hall against the Religious Discrimination Bill on Saturday afternoon.
Organised by the Community Action for Rainbow Rights (CARR), speakers included NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge, Sydney Girls High year 10 student Sumaya, and CARR’s co-convenor April Holcombe.
Bill Shelved, But Not Dead
Sumaya, who identified as a queer Muslim, rallied the crowd with a passionate call to action, saying, “the Bill means that queer people across all areas of public life must live in fear. At the very best, we hide who we are. At the very worst, we lose everything.”
Holcombe spoke of the continuing threat of the Bill, which was indefinitely shelved by the government on Thursday.
“It might have been shelved this week, but it is not dead. We are here today to make sure that this bill is killed and never comes back,” she said.
Greens MP: We will Never Step Back from this Fight
NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge said the Greens “will always vote with the LGBTI community, every single time, 100 percent.”
As rain continued to fall, the protesters marched along George Street towards Queen’s Square, umbrellas and placards in hand, chanting, “We’re fabulous! Don’t fuck with us.”
Queer activist group Pride In Protest said on Facebook, “We still need to force the Liberals, Nationals, and Labor to change their policy and not support the bill. We have to put Scomo (Prime Minister Scott Morrison) on notice, and we need to tell Albanese (Leader of the Opposition, Anthony Albanese) not to support him!”
The next protest against the Religious Freedom Bill will be held on March 5 at Taylor Square.