Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has revealed that his government will fly a transgender flag outside its offices in response to rallies against members of the LGBTQIA+ community.
An anti-transgender rally in Melbourne over the weekend drew furious criticism after members of a neo-Nazi group gave Nazi salutes.
Counter-protesters clashed with demonstrators who had gathered to see British anti-transgender activist Kelly Jay Kane Minchull, who goes by the nickname Posie Parker.
He did not indicate that it had any connection to the violence on Saturday.
The Victorian premier criticized the protests and said his government will “always support” the transgender community in Victoria.
Now, Mr Andrews has revealed that the trans pride flag will be flown outside government offices as a sign of support.
“A new flag is flying outside Victorian government offices,” he said on Twitter.
“Because we have always respected you. We will always have your back.”
A group of about 30 masked men dressed in black gave multiple Nazi salutes while holding a sign that read: “Destroy Paedo Freaks”.
The group of neo-Nazis and transphobic protesters has been opposed by a much larger group of LGBTQIA+ activists, with some estimates stating that they are outnumbered by at least a 2:1 ratio.
That group was heard chanting “Pussy Parker you can’t hide it, you’ve got Nazis on your side”.
Andrews criticized the protest.
“I wish it hadn’t been said, but it clearly is: Nazis are not welcome,” Andrews wrote on Twitter on Sunday.
“Not on the steps of parliament. Nowhere.”
They were there to say that the transgender community does not deserve rights, safety, or dignity.
“This is what the Nazis do. Their evil ideology is to scapegoat minorities – it has no place here.”
Opinions are deeply divided on the new flag, with many praising the prime minister for his efforts to be inclusive.
“Sure, it’s just a symbolic gesture, but normalizing the trans community’s acceptance like this is a good thing,” said one person.
Others said it was a “virtue signal” and that the prime minister needed to do more on passing issues.
“That’s a real nice symbol that I got there. Be real shame if someone… takes some physical steps to address the problem,” said one person.
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