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A drag queen who was heckled at a children’s story time event at a public Brisbane library on Sunday will take legal action.
About 15-20 members of the University of Queensland’s Liberal National Club stormed the public event and chanted “drag queens are not for kids” in the face of the hosts Diamond and Queeny, both Blue Card holding professional children’s entertainers.
Leader Of QLD Liberal Party Deb Frecklington said on Monday her party recently resolved to dis-endorse the UQ club and as such it is not affiliated in any way with the LNP.
“The club is using the LNP’s brand and logo without permission and the Opposition Leader has demanded the party take the strongest possible action against this club,” an LNP Spokesperson told HuffPost Australia.
Police were called to Brisbane Square Library after complaints that the group was scaring the children.
“Myself, drag queen Diamond, the Brisbane Library staff, the families and their children were aggressively confronted by several individuals from the UQ Liberal National Club who burst into the event space, shouting and making vilifying comments against LGBTQIA+ people,” Queeny, also known as Johnny Valkyrie, wrote in a Facebook post.
“There were children crying, families distressed and of course, Diamond & I were victim to vilification, harassment and nuisance.
“I was inside during the disruption, in protector mode, calming children and families, distracting them with stickers while we were finishing our craft session.”
So the UQ Young Liberals decided to interrupt story time at a public library where a drag queen is reading to children only to be abused by homophobic slurs @LiberalAus. What are they doing to support the community? pic.twitter.com/dB7zXeVL7i
— CORY (@corydunco) January 12, 2020
Queeny is a well known LGBTQIA+ activist in Brisbane and has been supported by LNP affiliated politicians Cr Vicki Howard, Andrew Laming MP and Trevor Evans MP. Since the incident public figures Lee Lin Chin, Joel Creasy, The Veronica’s, RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Jinkx Monsoon and Pauline Pantsdown have publicly supported Queeny.
“This was planned and targeted at me. It hurt and affected so many others. I am sorry,” Queeny said.
“I have reported this to police and will take legal action.
“The comments on the defamatory posts made by the organisation prior to the event were slanderous, discriminatory and disgusting.
“UQ Liberal National Club. I hope you find peace, and learn from the consequences of your actions. I expect consequence, I expect apology and I expect changed behaviour. I expect safety, respect and inclusivity in my community.”
The Veronicas’ Jess Origliasso, who happened to know one of the attendees at the family event, posted disturbing footage of the disruption to her Instagram on Sunday.
“This morning a good friend of mine took her daughter along to a children’s story telling event in Brisbane by two gorgeous Drag Queens, when a screaming group calling themselves the UQ young Libs stormed the event in a public library, causing chaos and distress to children and everybody there,” she said.
“I am absolutely furious. Our world is in need of love & healing, now more than ever. What they did today was add to the bigotry, division and trauma young children are left to face in today’s society.
“Bless the two Queens who were there to bring joy to children and their families.”
The event, organised by Rainbow Families Queensland, was meant to be a celebration of diverse families. Rainbow Families said in a statement on Sunday the drag queen hosts are “fully trained” and hold Blue Cards.
“Drag queen storytime is a highly successful event that has been held four times in Brisbane over the past two years, inspired by similar events currently being held in public libraries across the world,” the organisation said.
UQ’s Liberal National Club said on its Facebook Page it was making “a stand to defend LNP values against a corrosive gender ideology” and that the Brisbane City Council should feel “shame” for putting on this event.
Read Queeny’s full statement here:
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Conservative Representative Justin Amash accused Donald Trump Saturday of “selling” American troops to Saudi Arabia after the president boasted that the nation has deposited $1 billion into a bank he did not identify for “more troops.”
“He sells troops,” Amash tersely noted in a tweet.
Other critics erupted on Twitter over a possible future in which US soldiers could be sent as mercenaries to any high-bidding country to risk their lives, regardless of a nation’s ideology or rationale for fighting.
Others argued the country doesn’t deserve American support because of Saudi Arabia’s link to the vicious dismemberment and murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was writing at the time for The Washington Post. Some pointed out that most of the hijackers in the 9/11 attack were Saudis.
And some wondered exactly where the Saudi $1 billion is.
Trump clearly saw nothing wrong with the idea. “Listen, you’re a very rich country,” he told Saudi officials, Trump recounted on Fox News. “You want more troops? I’m going to send them to you, but you’ve got to pay us. They’re paying us. They’ve already deposited $1 billion in the bank.”
Amash, who recently left the Republican Party, becoming an independent as he began to criticize Trump, complained in October that the president broke his campaign promise to bring American troops home.
“He’s not bringing home the troops. He’s just moving them to other parts of the Middle East,” Amash said.
“He’s moving … troops into Saudi Arabia and using our forces almost as mercenaries, paid mercenaries. As long as Saudi Arabia pays us some money, it’s good to go,” he added sarcastically.
He sells troops.
“We have a very good relationship with Saudi Arabia—I said, listen, you’re a very rich country. You want more troops? I’m going to send them to you, but you’ve got to pay us. They’re paying us. They’ve already deposited $1B in the bank.” pic.twitter.com/rc1f7heyCP
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) January 11, 2020
The US military is now a mercenary army for the country that sent the majority of hijackers to do 9/11.
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) January 11, 2020
And sells morals. Don’t forget SA butchered a journalist, our intelligence agencies said it MBS, and trump ignored them.
— Nathaniel #CountryOverParty (@NewGopforUSA) January 11, 2020
He can’t sell what he doesn’t own. And he wouldn’t own our military if the co-equal congress demonstrated any ability or desire to hold him accountable. Elected and appointed GOP continue to enable and abet this man. They fail their oath of office.
— (((Howard Forman))) (@thehowie) January 11, 2020
How much of that $1B has been transferred into the bank accounts of Trump or his family? This is why we need to see ALL of their tax returns.
— JohnRJohnson (@JohnRJohnson) January 11, 2020
Yes. He treats our military like paid mercenaries, which in addition to being completely unAmerican, is also illegal. And who’s “bank account” is he talking about? Sounds like his own. All this guy does is break the law. https://t.co/RMjSZAxCyA
— Andrew Wortman (@AmoneyResists) January 11, 2020
If Saudi Arabia has paid US $1 billion for use of US military as mercenaries, that $$$ should go directly to the American people – healthcare, education, environmental cleanup & combatting climate change, infrastructure, etc. Where has it gone? Straight to Trump I’m sure.
— Empire Storm (@empirestatemind) January 11, 2020
Generations of Marines in my family who served for love of their country not to be sold as mercenaries. This is a complete betrayal of our values and might be Trump’s worst crime. Anyone supporting this is sick in the head.
— Timi Haworth (@timihaworth) January 12, 2020
Serious question: is there such a thing as a a country wiring funds to the US to ‘pay for troops’? What fund does it go to? Where can we see the receipt of those funds being applied to the military budget to offset expenses? I’m a CPA, MBA, and forensic accountant, so curious.
— PNW_Louise🌊 (@livingintheGig) January 11, 2020
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