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Grants given to LGBTQ themed formals, picnics, dance, and self-defense

The Daily Telegraph reported that a Sydney Council will grant at least four LGBTQ interest groups a total of almost $20,000 in funding, while refusing grants to assist the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital obtain infant resuscitation equipment and mobile breastfeeding chairs. Other denied requests included a series of workshops designed to help cancer patients deal with their treatment, a disability ramp at St Brendan’s Church, and assistance for children with learning difficulties in the Inner West. Youth Off The Street received just under 9% of their requested funding.

It doesn’t get much crazier than that… Or does it? Of the almost $20,000 of funding, $7,500 will be granted to Queer Formal Sydney; $6,500 will be granted to a Lesbian Bisexual Queer Women’s Community Picnic; $3,000 will be granted to an LGBTIQ themed dance club for a 2018 Mardi Gras float; and $2,450 will be granted to a self-defense workshop for LGBTQ people.

Under the “Who We Are” section of the Inner West Council website, it’s said: “[the] council is working hard to promote inclusion for our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) communities.”

“The Inner West occupies a central place in Australia’s LGBTIQ history. All three of the former Council’s that comprise the Inner West (Ashfield, Leichhardt and Marrickville) endorse support for marriage equality and engage LGBTIQ communities in events and consultations such as the Feel the Love Mardi Gras Reception, Wear It Purple Day and an annual forum. Rainbow flags are raised every year to show support for diversity and the benefits it brings to the local community.”

LGBTQ formals, LGBTQ picnics, LGBTQ themed dance groups and LGBTQ self-defense. It’s hard to make sense of it, but the following video may add some insight:

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