Brisbane Atheist's lets make a stand against irrational hatred! I'm sorry about the late suggestion for this Meetup; I actually thought this disgusting prayer rally was happening next month.
Call me on[masked] if you can't find us. We'll meet across the road in front of Bistro Allure on the corner of Ann and Roma Streets at 04:30pm and then head over the road to King George Square at 05:00pm.
At least one thousand people are expected at Brisbanes King George Square tomorrow afternoon for a counter-demonstration against controversial anti-gay Christian preacher Peter Madden.
The failed NSW Christian Democratic Party candidate is planning to hold a major prayer rally in the city having driven from Sydney in his truth truck for children warning of the dark side of same-sex marriage and "homosexual sex ed for your children" ahead of Saturdays Queensland state election.
SX has been informed that a number of people involved in last weekends protest and stand-off with Madden in the northern NSW town of Lismore which saw Maddens truck redecorated with pro-gay rights messages will also be addressing the Equal Love rally due to start at 5pm.
Jess Payne, a Brisbane-based activist with Equal Love, has told SX that a large crowd is expected for the peaceful protest.
We want to send the message that homophobia is not welcome, that those who support equal rights far outnumber those who dont, that we are peaceful, but angry, and will stand up for ourselves and our rights when they come under attack, Payne said.
Madden expects his rally to have hundreds of participants, but already on the Facebook page for this event we have well over 1,000 equality supporters ready to come out in force against this extreme homophobia.
Maddens recent stopover in Lismore on the way to Queensland saw him confronted by members of the local gay and lesbian community as well as by the towns mayor, Jenny Dowell, who told him to leave the area for good, saying that his attempts to tar the gay and lesbian community with insinuations of paedophilia were not welcome.
Payne said she expects rally-goers tomorrow to send a similar message to Madden.
The main point of our demonstration is to make sure the message of hatred and intolerance promoted by Peter Madden and his group does not get seen or heard in our town, she said.
We will be going all out, in our numbers, our colours, and our voices, to drown them out, shame them with our much larger gathering and promote equality and dignity.
The looming confrontation with Madden comes after it was revealed yesterday that the image on Maddens truck of a middle-aged man embracing a young boy had been used illegally, with the Danish photographer responsible for the original image now seeking legal representation.