LGBTQ+ safety under threat in Sydney after hateful attack on Pride event

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09/03/2023

Sydney, Australia’s LGBTQ+ community is recovering from an upsetting attack on a Pride event in the city’s Bankstown area. The event, called Wear It Purple, was abruptly shut down after a group of men were seen tearing down LGBTQ+ flags, shouting abuse, and generally causing trouble. Wear It Purple is an international day of awareness that encourages people to wear purple on the last Friday in August to show support for LGBTQ+ youth around the world. To celebrate the day, a pop-up stall had been set up in Bankstown Central shopping centre, offering support and advice to LGBTQ+ youth, as well as a drag story time event and an appearance from comedian and drag performer Carla from Bankstown. A spokesperson for the City of Canterbury Bankstown told The Sydney Morning Herald that the homophobic incident was being taken seriously as a hate crime and that investigations were underway.

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