You’ve no doubt seen that far-right extremists have been targeting LGBTIQA+ youth events in Councils and Libraries. In the last couple of months, dozens of events have been cancelled due to threats and harassment from a small group of bigots.
Defending the rights of our librarians and youth services staff to run safe events for LGBTIQA+ youth is union business.
That’s why tomorrow, we’ll be joining the Rainbow Community Angels for a special Drag Storytime outside St Kilda Town Hall, and we want ASU members to join us.
DATE: Thursday, June, 15
LOCATION: St Kilda Town Hall, 99 Carlisle Street
Our members in libraries want these events to go ahead, even if they are targeted and threatened. They believe that they have the expertise to run these events safely, and that LGBTIQA+ activists like the Rainbow Angels can protect the community.
Despite this, Council and Library management are ignoring staff and the community and are indiscriminately cancelling events. This occurred just last week at Port Phillip Council, where an in-person drag story time event was cancelled by the CEO.
If Council management aren’t brave enough to keep these events on, then the community and library unionists will step in and do it ourselves.