Faced with possibly the biggest rollback of LGBTI rights by a government ever seen in the Western world, Queenslanders aren’t taking it lying down.
Our communities and our supporters are being called to unite against the recent decisions made by the LNP government with The Festival of Fightback.
To recap: Recently in Queensland it has been announced that Healthy Communities was being defunded, then the Civil Unions Act being amended to remove civil ceremonies, but it has now been replaced with a relationship register, and as of last Thursday night it was clear the LNP was determined to change same-sex surrogacy laws.
Many are taking the recent decisions made by our government as an outright attack on the rights of the LGBTI community, so Equal Love has organised the Festival of Fightback in retaliation.
In response to the defunding, Equal Love organised the largest rally for LGBTI rights in QLD’s history on May 30th, and they are determined to keep the pressure on, letting Government know how angry the community is at their recent decisions.
“From now until the National Rally for Marriage Equality, and beyond, we will be putting this government under siege. Demonstrations, rallies, stunts, showing up wherever the LNP shows up, letters, phone calls and anything else we can think of to let this government know that no attack on the LGBTI community will be gotten away with.”
Starting this afternoon, The Festival of Fightback kicks off with the Healthy Communities saves lives. Die-In at Department of Health.
This protest will take place outside the Queensland Health Building on Charlotte St in the City in the form of a ‘DIE-IN’ . This is where people on mass, drop to the ground and play dead, with chalk lines drawn around them, as a symbol of the impact of their decision to defund an organisation that saves lives.
This will then be followed with numerous other demonstrations to be held in the lead-up to the eight-year anniversary of the ban on same-sex marriages in Australia.
See a full list of the Festival of Fightback demonstrations below…
LNP Conference, Civil Ceremonies, Kiss-In
Sat 14th July, The HIlton – 190 Elizabeth St, Brisbane
Equality Picnic – Fundraiser for Equal Love & Healthy Communities
Sat 21st July, Queens Park
Rally for Marriage Equality (National Day of Action)
Sat 11th August, Queens Park, Brisbane
For full details of festival click HERE!
Will you be joining the Festival of Fightback?