AN alliance of LGBTI groups, activists and community members will descend on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s private residence to peacefully demonstrate their support of the Safe Schools program.

 Spearhead by the DIY Rainbow team, the group will arrive at Turnbull’s private residence in Double Bay at 7pm tonight to draw chalk rainbows on the footpath outside of his property. The action was decided at a community meeting on Monday night with the idea to run it in solidarity with a rally tonight in Melbourne, also in defence of the Safe Schools program.

Organisers said in a statement they were holding the event after “orchestrated attack on the Safe Schools program by the ACL (Australian Christian Lobby), The Australian newspaper, and Liberal Party senators and members of parliament”.

“(It) sends a clear message to young LGBTIQA+ people, and our community as a whole. Namely: LGBTIQA+ people deserve to be exposed to abuse, and must remain oppressed lest we realise how powerful our combined voices are.”

Some people questioned the decision to hold the action at the Prime Minister’s private residence describing it as invasive and distasteful but organisers argue “the actions of your (Turnbull) government in relation to Safe Schools are beyond impolite; they are the actions of a perverse minority motivated by hate”.

The group will meet at 6.30pm at The Sheaf, before walking to the Prime Minister’s house together at 7pm. For more information about the rainbow chalking, visit the group’s event page.

It is not known if the Prime Minister or his wife Lucy will be home tonight as Star Observer is waiting for a response from his team.


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