Victory! No Pride In Transphobia, No Transphobia At Pride.
Feb 17, 2020 — Thank you, everyone!
We deplatformed, unsponsored and disaffiliated transphobia at Sydney Mardi Gras 2020. Here is to safe and equal communities.
This was possible thanks to the integrity of panelists Kelsie Adelaide and Tania Safi, and all of you who made a stand against bigotry in our community. We do not accept it from the public, and we certainly have no tolerance for transphobia in the LGBTQIA+ community.
Tania Safi, lesbian panelist and queer lady icon of Buzzfeed withdrew from the panel, saying "I do not agree with Arielle (Scarcella) 's transphobic and biphobic beliefs" and that she hopes the organisers only "promote genuinely inclusive, progressive views...that means for all LGBT+ people everywhere."
Kelsie Adelaide, Australian actor withdrew the next day, stating that they could "...not in good conscience attend ..." and further that "...we must always strive to be kind and love one another, support and value those most vulnerable in our community."
These are folks we can count on.
There is more "tea" however.
Les-Talk , the organiser has lied and said it was mutually decided that they (the festival and the organisers) would distance themselves from each other. Sydney Mardi Gras has explicitly stated on two separate occasions that the event has been disaffiliated and removed both before and after the statement by Les-Talk was released. We call #guilty.
It was in fact the transphobia that Arielle Scarcella espouses that caused two panelists to withdraw and the largest, most historical pride festival in Australia to cancel the YouTube personality.
Les-Talk organiser Helen Lee has been exposed as transphobic herself, her Twitter history revealing degrading language and theories about transgender and gender diverse people. This is not the sort of community organiser that LGBTQIA+ community can afford if we want to cultivate safe and equal communities.
We are living in the most volatile period for transgender people in Australian history, media wise at the very least. We must have zero tolerance for transphobia in the LGBTQIA+ community, and this needs to resound in our community events. We thank Sydney Mardi Gras for taking action, but we expect better screening processes in future to prevent harm like this. We stand by our community!
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