Apologise to Twenty10
  • Petitioned Parramatta city council

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Mayor's Office
Parramatta city council

Apologise to Twenty10

    1. Josie Eldred
    2. Petition by

      Josie Eldred

      Katoomba, Australia

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February 2013

Victory

We won! After thousands of people signed the petition and we gained national media coverage, the Mayor of Parramatta wrote an apology letter to Twenty10 and asked to meet with them to talk about supporting the organisation. Thanks to everyone who signed!

Parramatta City Council recently asked Twenty10 to remove their banner at a community event on the grounds that it contained 'offensive language'. The banner was simply offering support for the LGBT community, and provided a URL to find out more information. LGBT youth need to know that there is help out there for when they need it. This is 2013, surely we're beyond the point of stifling basic human rights and the freedom to express individuality.

Edited to add: This issue has caused quite a stir in the media!

http://www.news.com.au/national/truly-offensive-lord-mayor-accused-of-homophobia/story-fncynjr2-1226558362133

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/breaking-news/lgbt-group-ordered-to-remove-signs/story-fn3dxiwe-1226558325209

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/lgbt-group-ordered-to-remove-signs/story-e6frf7kf-1226558325209

http://parramatta-advertiser.whereilive.com.au/news/story/parramatta-council-swamped-with-complaints-of-homophobia-after-twenty10-quits-riverside-event/

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/furore-as-gay-group-asked-to-take-down-sign-20130121-2d2ps.html

To:
Parramatta city council, Mayor's Office
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.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    Reasons for signing

    • Shannon Heard NORTHMEAD, AUSTRALIA
      • over 1 year ago

      I have family and friends that are in gay relationships. There must be given equal rights. Homophobia is for narrow minded people with no soul.

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    • Kayla Bentley GUMERACHA, AUSTRALIA
      • over 1 year ago

      Lgbtq teens deserve to have some kind of support from the community. It is no longer a time where we should be hateful, 2013 should be the year of acceptance.

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    • Carleen Furner GUNNEDAH, AUSTRALIA
      • over 1 year ago

      It's the year 2013. Enough is enough.

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    • craig hornhardt AUSTRALIA
      • over 1 year ago

      Graeme Lenaghan

      My god thats an offensive sign to Parramatta Council?? What is this? A religious based committee ? And thats really working out for the Church these days isnt it?! Shame Parra, step towards the present and know your people!

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    • Martin Grieves LAKE MUNMORAH, AUSTRALIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I am a former resident of twenty 10. The support from this organization most likely saved my life

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