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LGBTQI+ community overwhelm anti-transgender rally in Hobart

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A sea of counter-protesters from Tasmania's LGBTQI+ community gather outside Parliament to challenge the anti-transgender rights rally. Image / 7 TAS

A demonstration led by an anti-transgender rights organization on Parliament Lawns was significantly overshadowed by a large number of counter-protesters from Tasmania’s LGBTQI+ community and their allies.

Outnumbering their opposition by a ratio of ten-to-one, the counter-protesters effectively silenced the smaller group, driving them back to the steps of parliament and overpowering their speeches with loud chants.


Throughout the hour-and-a-half-long event, a robust police presence ensured the absence of physical altercations, and no arrests were made.

Approximately 40 anti-transgender rights activists, among them British activist Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull (also known as Posie Parker), were part of the Let Women Speak campaign, which intended to hold a rally at 12:30 pm. They were confronted by an estimated 400 individuals opposing their views, including representatives from the Greens and Labor parties.

Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull’s speech is interrupted by resounding chants from counter-protesters who voice their rejection of her anti-transgender rights message. Image / 7 TAS

As Keen-Minshull attempted to address the crowd, her voice was drowned out by chants such as “Go Home Posie, Go Home!” and “Tassie doesn’t want you here.”

Notably, Keen-Minshull’s appearance at a similar gathering in Melbourne the previous Saturday had been tarnished by the presence of a group of neo-Nazis. However, none were observed at the Hobart event.

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