It’s a heated debate that was sparked when a group of young Liberal National Club members stormed a Brisbane City Council Library to interrupt Drag Queen Story Time.
The group chanted “drag queens are not for kids” repeatedly and vision of the verbal attack was shared online.
Since then, two petitions were published on the Brisbane City Council website called “Ban LGBTIQ+ programs from Brisbane City Council libraries” and “Adult Entertainment is not Suitable for Children”.
In February Deputy Opposition Leader and Labor Councillor Kara Cook moved a motion in council, calling on the Lord Mayor to remove these two petitions immediately and apologise to the LGBTIQ+ community for the harm they caused.
The Lord Mayor and all LNP Councillors voted against Cr Cook’s Motion.
This week the issue came up again in Council chambers and Cr Cook made a speech where she apologised on behalf of the Labor Councillors because the Lord Mayor was refusing to.
“Labor says this is not good enough and on behalf of my Labor colleagues in Council, I apologise unreservedly for the hurt and offense caused by the publication of these petitions on the Council website. This should never have happened and it should never happen again.” Cr Cook said.