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Australia: How to be gay and offensive?

January 21, 2013
Parental advisory: this image might suggest to impressionable youngsters that gays are human beings

Parental advisory: this image might suggest to impressionable youngsters that gays are human beings

Exist.

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.

SMH

Update: The Mayor has apologised.

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