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Equal Love dumps critic of'Hanging Abbott' banner

The marriage equality activist in Brisbane who publicly spoke up against the Socialist Alternative’s ‘Hanging Abbott’ banner at Saturday’s Equal Love protest has now been expelled from the rally organising committee.

Shown above, the banner depicts a Speedo-clad Tony Abbott being hung by a rainbow noose, and was carried by protesters wearing ‘ABBOTT HATER’ t-shirts.

Appalled at the Socialist group’s message, Equal Love committee member Dylan Carmichael wrote an open letter criticising the banner, and says he’s “disgusted” that anyone would attend a rally about love with a banner depicting the hanging of a sitting Prime Minister.

Carmichael’s letter proved divisive, but many agreed with him that the banner was offensive. Responding quickly to the situation, an urgent meeting of Equal Love was called to discipline him last night, with Equal Love Brisbane Convenor Kat Henderson reportedly calling his behaviour in writing the open letter “a disgrace.”

Members of the Socialist Alternative at the meeting voted as a bloc against him staying on with Equal Love.

Carmichael, who has been instrumental in building marriage equality rallies in small towns like Gladstone, tells Same Same that while the majority of attendees at rallies share his view about the Abbott banner, “the relentless negativity from key people within my own organisation is, while expected, still not the easiest thing to deal with.”

Equal Love Brisbane convener Kat Henderson was not immediately available for comment, however when Same Same phoned Equal Love spokesperson Louise O’Shea, we copped an earful. She told us that reporting this issue was “furthering an attack on the very people that have made the equality movement what it is.”

“Why aren’t you attacking Tony Abbott who is taking our rights off the agenda for three years?” she asked. “Why aren’t you attacking the Greens who won’t mobilise their audience? Labor has been useless but you attack us. Same Same should be disgusted in themselves.”

Queensland LGBTI campaigner Michael James has expressed his own disappointment at the situation. “Too many people that are associated with the equality movement have become too focussed on their own ideas and own agendas and trying push who is right and who is wrong,” he reacts.

“The fact that they holding meetings and expelling people is twisted sense of superiority over what we are trying to achieve, which is at its heart about equality and love.”


UPDATE 5pm 28 November 2013:

Equal Love Brisbane have responded to the concern over the ‘Hanging Abbott’ sign in a statement this afternoon, while its convener Kat Henderson has confirmed that the banner will not be seen at future rallies.

Socialist Alternative is a minority in Equal Love Brisbane and did not move the motion against Dylan Carmichael at last night’s meeting, says the statement.

On banners seen at Equal Love rallies in general, the organisation says: “We do not believe it is the role of Equal Love Brisbane to censor, control or condemn materials that any supporting individual or group brings to the rallies.

“There are a range of opinions in the LGBTI community and within our own organisation on this question. We would like to reiterate that Equal Love Brisbane does not take responsibility for the material of other groups or individuals and that is our stance.”

The statement concludes: “We are focused and committed to organising the campaign in 2014 to ensure the demonstrations continue to be a success in fighting for full marriage equality at a federal level and we encourage all allies to join us in this fight.”

The full statement is available to read on the Equal Love Brisbane Facebook page here.

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Ranggatang

Ranggatang said on the 28th Nov, 2013

The "Democratic Socialists" are at it again, expelling anyone who doesn't subscribe to their ridiculously radical viewpoint.

THEY are the reason why I didn't and won't get involved in marriage equality rallies in Brisbane. They don't represent homo/gay/queer/whatever-label-you-use equality, it's simply another protest that they and their rabble of 'followers' can try to overthrow with their own viewpoints.

Has anyone ever noticed a distinct lack of people aged over thirty representing this group? Probably because we all grow out of pathetic radicalism and realise that there are other ways to have a point brought forward than the methodologies employed by the Democratic Socialists and their many-named sub-groups.

The Pup

The Pup said on the 28th Nov, 2013

Their radicalisms are destroying our Equality! After not so lovely comments by the organisers at the Melbourne rally's, it turned myself and many other friends off...I think it took almost a decade to show that we are not just "pinko lefto commies" and that we are members of all parts of society, all they are doing it turning your average Aussie away form our want for equality.

Brenton

Brenton said on the 28th Nov, 2013

@Ranggatang: Plenty of "Democratic Socialists" who aren't happy about this. If you take this as an opportunity just to bash a very broad ideology with broad popular support in the Australian community then you're kind of playing the same hijack game as the creators of the banner.

SCRainbows

SCRainbows said on the 28th Nov, 2013

I have to say - as an LGBTIQ activist and attendee at the rallies - I agree with Dylan Carmichael's view. We are protesting Tony Abbotts archaic views yes - but behaving in an antagonistic and unintelligible way is not the way to go about it. I applaud the Socialist Alternatives' enthusiasm but I also did not agree with the flag nor its wording - which to me - to be honest - demeaned our position.

rodneycruise

rodneycruise said on the 28th Nov, 2013

I have followed this and it illustrated, more than ever, the complete pointlessness of the Equal Love rallies. You can not bring your kids to them anymore (we stopped several years ago) because a group of annoying, irrelevant Socialist Alternative people have taken to pushing their own agenda with hateful and offensive banners and chants. Try explaining to your kids why a rally for "equal love" is promoting the murder of someone.

The Socialist Alternative people have a overriding mission (it is on their website for all to read) and that is the overthrow of capitalism. They commit to it and they state that everything else, every other issue is subordinate to that goal. Is it any wonder that when the SA get their hands on an issue they mess it up.

There is no excuse for banners promoting murder. Period. And there is no excuse for them at a rally for EQUAL LOVE.

Because of these antics, we don't and wont take our kids to the rallies.

I have no time for the Socialist Alternative crowd. A bunch of far left loonies.

Simon666

Simon666 said on the 28th Nov, 2013

The only conclusion that can be drawn is that the current Socialist Alternative folk have no real world experience in politics. This isn't socialism. This isn't tactical. This is nothing more than stupid and naive. Memo to Socialist Alternative : study socialism. Study strategy. Learn how to approach individual issues in a way that works towards benefiting oppressed people, whether by class, race, gender or sexuality. This banner must be the work of angry rich kids without need.

mark_

mark_ said on the 28th Nov, 2013

I guess these Brisbane people and Cat Rose and Ali Hogg are just very angry people.

The person at my local shop was sufficiently angry with the last PM they stuck this sign in their window—




PS :confused: was it the last or the second last?



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Jake Schoermer

Jake Schoermer said on the 28th Nov, 2013

I've been on the receiving end of Kat Henderson myself for being critical (purely on my own facebook wall) of the way Socialist Alternative behaved at a pro-refugee meeting before the last federal election. As a Greens member, I want to go to these rallies, but I (and many other greens) get pissed as all hell when the event gets hijacked and radicalised against the views of the majority of the attendees. I also bet that you'd get far more attendees if you were more accommodating.

If you want to get Equal Marriage this country, then Libs, Labs, Greens, Nats, Socialist and unaligned (i.e. the vast majority) all need to be included and made to feel comfortable. Its not a lot to ask.

KrustythePizza

KrustythePizza said on the 28th Nov, 2013

It is very wrong, if they wanted to be politically correct they should have hung him from his speedos.. far more appropriate.

flounder

flounder said on the 28th Nov, 2013

Dont you just love the way all these new punters suddenly appear on SS and take up the cause, burn bright for their 30 seconds of fame and then fuck off into the ether again? :rolleyes:

Cecc

Cecc said on the 28th Nov, 2013

I'm confused. Do they want Tony Abbot hanged or hung?

Were is the English teacher when you need her.

Simon666

Simon666 said on the 28th Nov, 2013

Hey Flounder, sorry to break up your private party with opinions. Lock the door next time.

pete1000

pete1000 said on the 2nd Dec, 2013

get over it
we have been abused
jailed
spat on
vilified
abused
hated
etc
so if you cant deal with a few cartoons
you should be going to bed early and watching re-runs of neighbours
please get some balls and grow up

pete1000

pete1000 said on the 2nd Dec, 2013

oh please ban me again
i am starting to feel like Aung San Suu Kyi

local_warming

local_warming said on the 2nd Dec, 2013


i am starting to feel like Aung San Suu Kyi

What on earth gives you that impression - the lady is articulate

pete1000

pete1000 said on the 3rd Dec, 2013

oh honey
child
get over it
we have been abused
jailed
spat on
vilified
abused
hated
killed
murdered
hung
bashed
etc
oh did i say etc
so if you cant deal with a few cartoons

please get some balls and grow up

pete1000

pete1000 said on the 3rd Dec, 2013

and sorry LW
i think i didnt make any speeling mistakes

pete1000

pete1000 said on the 3rd Dec, 2013

oh i meant my articulation