Voices in support of The Pride Centre – Inner West Council Meeting
Yesterday the Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby held an action and spoke at the Inner West Council to reaffirm support for a Pride Centre in the inner west.
We provided signs stating, “stuck in the past Passas”, “Passas gotta go”, “pride centre now”, “no homophobia in inner west”, “no transphobia in inner west”.
The Pride Centre is intended to provide a safe, welcoming and inclusive space for the LGBTIQ community. There are many vulnerabilities experienced by the LGBTIQ community. Keeping this in mind, the Pride Centre will provide access to programs and services specific to the Inner West community. This space will grow community wellbeing.
In March 2019, The Inner West Council conducted a survey in regard to the visioning of a Pride Centre. The results found 87% of respondents said it was very or extremely important to have a Pride Centre in the Inner West.
Jack Whitney, Lobby Co-Convenor stated “delays in this vital service creates reservations in the community that the ever-important Pride Centre will never happen. This is very concerning as the trust that has been built will potentially be lost, and the goodwill will be diminished”.
He continued, “the Lobby is concerned that harmful views held by Clr Julie Passas, may hold back the progress of the creation of the Pride Centre… this is someone who recently compared the Rainbow flag to the ISIS flag.
“We called on the council to not delay”, Whitney stated.
Further comment can be directed to Jack Whitney on 0411387913