New South Wales: Pro-LGBT and anti-LGBT protests in Sydney relatively calm

As hundreds of people turned out in Melbourne either in support or to protest against UK-based anti-transgender campaigner Kelly-Jay Keene-Minshul, a similar action took place in Sydney.

About 100 people came to Queen’s Square in Sydney’s CBD on Saturday morning to hold a rally with the pro-LGBTQI+ community action group for rainbow rights.

The crowd gathered there to stage a counter-protest against a demonstration being held by a number of far-right religious groups in Sydney who had gathered under the slogan “Defend the future of our children”.

The most notorious group represented among conservative activists was Christian Lives Matter, whose members vandalized a church and rallied during World Pride events held in the city last month.

But protests in Sydney appear to have been fairly subdued compared to Saturday’s protest in Melbourne.

A video posted on social media by Community Action for Rainbow Rights appears to show the moment some counter-protesters forced their way past police to get close to right-wing demonstrators.

Another video shared on social media appeared to capture the moment a member of an anti-LGBTQI+ camp interrupted a speaker at a demonstration in Queen Square.

Social media groups associated with organizations participating in the Future of Children rally are mostly closed.

But Rainbow Rights member Jordan Humphreys wrote on social media that he “infiltrated” the groups to get more information about Saturday’s demonstration.

“Many of their concerns are related to transvestites and teaching children about sex education and LGBTQI +, and the lack of laws that Christians are a persecuted minority is the policy of the rally,” Mr. Humphreys wrote.

“We definitely have the feeling that this is a more serious demonstration than we might have thought at first.”

Mr Humphries said two right-wing New South Wales politicians and “about a dozen priests” from around Sydney were “potentially involved”.

Originally published as Clashes with LGBTQI+ protests in Sydney as Melbourne rally goes bad