I’m being dragged before a government commission for writing a blog about why drag queens are not for kids.
I hoped this day would not come. But it has.
Last month I received a letter from the government. The Queensland Human Rights Commission is demanding I appear before it for conciliation with a couple of aggrieved drag queens.
A blog post I wrote last January about the dangers of putting LGBTIQAX+ drag queens in front of children has triggered action against me under the Queensland Anti-Discrimination Act of 1991.
Under the law, it is compulsory that I turn up. If I don’t, I could be forced to by court order. If I still refuse, I could go to jail.
If I do turn up and refuse to apologise for my article or retract it or redact some of it, I could end up in front of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
If I lose there, I could be fined. If I refuse to pay a fine in protest against a judgement which impinges on the precious human right of freedom of speech, I could be sent to jail and have a criminal record.
But before I had even been served papers from the Commission, one of the drag queens, Johnny Valkerie, took to Twitter to announce that the QHRC had already decreed me guilty and that I must turn myself in. I kid you not. (Sounds like a good title for a book, the first chapter of the sequel of which is being written now).
Valkerie was frustrated because my address is suppressed and the QHRC was not able to find me easily.
I have a supressed address for safety reasons after my office was bombed by a same-sex marriage activist in 2016. Following that incident, a prominent rainbow political activist, Michael Barnett, placed my home address on the internet to intimidate me and my family.
Johnny Valkerie is a woman who presents as a man. She tweeted that the QHRC had already “deemed” my “article to be vilification under the Queensland Anti-Discrimination Law 1991”.
In her tweet she asserted that I had said she was “dangerous for children”. That’s not true and you can read the blog I posted in January for yourself.
I objected to Johnny being placed in front of children as a role model because Johnny represents and celebrates the idea that gender is fluid, a dangerous idea to sow into the minds of children.
The second drag queen to join with Johnny in taking me to the QHRC goes by the name of Diamond Good-Rim.
Good-Rim is a reference to a homosexual sex act and he is also involved in the sex trade as an “adult entertainer”.
It would be obvious to the overwhelming majority of mainstream Australians that Good Rim is a dangerous role model for children.
Incidentally, Good-Rim was a special guest at a Queensland Labor Party function at Parliament House.
At the least, this showed poor taste by Queensland Labor which should be focused on getting the State’s economy out of the pre-Covid doldrums it created and which is now worse post-Covid.
I bear no ill will towards Valkerie and Good-Rim because as human creatures like me, they are made in the image and likeness of God.
We are all equal before God but not all public policy ideas are equal and these should be contested in a free and open society using blogs if necessary.
A tragic event prompted me to write about Johnny Valkerie and Diamond Good-Rim.
In January members of the University of Queensland Liberal National Club, whose patron is LNP member for Oodgeroo Dr Mark Robinson, conducted a peaceful protest at a drag queen story time event being held at one of Brisbane City Council’s public libraries.
“Drag queens are not for kids”, they calmly but firmly chanted. No yelling or abuse by the young Liberals and Nationals was picked up in any of the mobile phone audio or footage later released.
In the hours immediately after the protest, the group’s leader, Wilson Gavin, himself a gay man, was subject to the most vile avalanche of on-line trolling by homosexuals and prominent leftists.
Early the next morning he threw himself under a train at the Chelmer station in Brisbane’s inner west.
While I did not know Wilson, I knew some of his fellow protestors and in solidarity with them attended the funeral at Clifton on the Darling Downs the next week.
It was unspeakably sad.
Wilson and his mates did the right thing. They were brave. They never should have had to try and stop sexualised drag culture being normalised to children. That this is happening is a failure of political leadership. It is further capitulation to the relentless march of the aggressive rainbow political movement.
Behind that aggression is the law. Valkerie and Good-Rim are getting legal advice from the taxpayer-funded ($400,000 over the past three years) LGBTI Legal service (click on their annual report).
There is no equivalent tax-payer funded legal service for mainstream Australians.
I am being advised by the Human Rights Law Alliance, which gets no public money.
If mainstream Australians knew that their tax dollars were funding the suppression of reasonable free speech, they would be aghast.
Drag Queens and what they represent are not for kids. They are dangerous role models and they should not be provided a place in front of children in public libraries.
Even though I face this new pressure to be silent, I will not be apologising.
I will not be taking my blog down.
I will not amend it.
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Lyle Shelton is director of campaigns and communication for the Christian Democratic Party, and is seeking party nomination to stand for election in the NSW Legislative Council at the next state election. He started his career as a rural journalist before being elected as a member of the Toowoomba City Council and serving the Australian Christian Lobby for 10 years. Half of that decade was as ACL's managing director, and was a spokesman for the No campaign during the postal survey on legislation to redefine the meaning of marriage. He also blogs here.