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Council bans gay help banners from family fun day

Council bans gay help banners from family fun day

Australians are accusing a New South Wales council of homophobia after a local gay support group were asked to remove their sign from a family fun day event.

Twenty10 were allegedly asked by Parramatta City Council to remove the ‘offensive’ sign, as reported by The Sydney Morning Herald.

The text of the banner read: ‘Support services for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, same-sex attracted and gender diverse young people, their families and communities.

‘A place to be me, with the support I need.’

Due to the comments made, the gay organization chose to withdraw from the event, stating on their Facebook page ‘unforeseen circumstances’ had caused them to leave.

The LGBT group also commented they had never received complaints about their signage before.

In a statement, they said: ‘We were advised by a direct representative of the Lord Mayor, John Chedid, who after viewing our site and signage, directed us to remove our signage because it was "offensive".’

Nearly 10,000 people have signed a petition calling on Parramatta Council to apologise.

The short petition simply states, ‘Your behaviour at a recent community event in relation to the LGBT organisation Twenty10 was appalling.

‘Twenty10 and the LGBT community deserve an apology at the very least.’

Parramatta City Council said: ‘In response to numerous complaints made by members of the public, organisers of the Rediscover the River event asked Twenty10 to remove two promotional banners.

‘At no stage did the Lord Mayor or council staff ask Twenty10 to quit their participation at the event.’

Facebook fans of the organization are planning a ‘non-violent protest’ and ‘kiss in’ for Australia Day (26 January).