Australia: How to be gay and offensive?
Parramatta’s Lord Mayor is facing a social media backlash after a gay and lesbian youth group invited to a family fun day was asked to remove its signage because council deemed it too offensive.
Council staff told the group that a banner promoting its “support services for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, same-sex attracted and gender-diverse young people, their families and communities” was inappropriate at last week’s Rediscover the River festival….
“It sends a really horrible message to the people of Parramatta that it wasn’t OK to be same-sex attracted, gender diverse in a family event like the Rediscover the River.”
Council has been inundated with complaints as news of the January 17 incident has spread. A change.org petition calling for an apology attracted more than 5000 signatures in a matter of hours.
Council … declined to say what aspect of the sign was found to be offensive.
Update: The Mayor has apologised.