Gay rights activist place full page ad in Queensland newspaper

PFLAG Australia president addresses Premier Campbell Newman in personal letter

Gay rights activist place full page ad in Queensland newspaper
26 July 2012 Print This Article

Queensland for Equality has wasted no time starting their campaign against the repeal of rights for gay people in the Australian state.

The newly formed gay rights group took out a full page advert in the state newspaper, the Courier Mail, with PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) Australia.

The advert takes the form of a letter from the president of PFLAG Australia, Shelley Argent, to the Queensland premier, Campbell Newman.

Argent tells Newman that she has to tell her gay son that he can’t live in his home state anymore because ‘his relationships will feel inferior’.

Since being elected in March this year Newman’s Liberal National Party (LNP) government have reduced the civil union rights of same-sex couples to ‘registered relationships’.

The letter continues saying:

‘I must tell him his will have to move away from the support of myself, the grandmother of any child he hopes to have, because your government plans to repeal Surrogacy Legislation and Parental Recognition laws, making becoming a gay father a possible criminal act and removing legal security and protection from his child.’

The LNP government announced last month that they were going to look at amending surrogacy legislation so that only heterosexual couples are eligible for altruistic surrogacy.

The letter concludes by asking the Premier: ‘if you had to have this same conversation with your daughter I wonder if you would still be pursuing these discriminatory policies that personally and permanently destroy families like mine?’

Argent told media, marketing and entertainment website Mumbrella that the advert was expensive but the group decided it was worth it. ‘We only run these kinds of ads when there’s a real need,’ she said.

HAVE YOUR SAY

OTHER POSTS

No thumbnail available

Adorable royal fairytale teaches kids all love is equal

Olly Pike and his trusty balloon, Pop, share a heart-warming love story featuring Prince Henry and his servant Tom in their latest animation
No thumbnail available

Top Catholic accepts defeat, says gay marriage will be law

Archbishop of Southwark Peter Smith has said while marriage equality may be an inevitability, 'it does not mean we approve'
No thumbnail available

Debby Boone opens up about how she has reconciled her Christian beliefs with being pro-gay

'I am one of the people that has made the transition from an old way of thinking to a new one'
No thumbnail available

Halloween is so satanic it must be gay, says Christian

As Halloween approaches on 31 October, Mission America’s Linda Harvey has condemned it as a satanic LGBT celebration
No thumbnail available

Kenya police arrest suspect blackmailer of gay men

Man is accused of luring gay men online with the promise of a date and then threatening to expose or hurt them if they did not give him money
No thumbnail available

Photo special: World Pride hits London

See our photo gallery as London calls for LGBT rights around the world with a march through the city center
No thumbnail available

Anti-gay extremists gather for Republican conference

Paul Ryan will speak at the Values Voter Summit 2012, a gathering of the most homophobic members of US religious right
No thumbnail available

Freedom to Marry raises $3 million to spend on state ballot measures

Money will be spent on securing marriage equality Maine, Minnesota, and Washington
No thumbnail available

Gaying the Force: Will the Star Wars movie franchise ever have an openly LGBTI character?

GSN celebrates May the 4th, also known as Star Wars Day, by asking if we can expect to finally see an openly gay character in the new JJ Abrams-directed Star Wars movies
No thumbnail available

Cardinal Keith O'Brien attacks UK plans for gay marriage

Leader of Catholic Church in Scotland criticises gay marriage 'madness'