Published on 17 May 2023
Nillumbik Mayor Ben Ramcharan has issued a message of support to the LGBTIQA+ community following the decision to move the Rainbow Storytime event at Eltham Library online.
A pre-recorded video of the Rainbow Storytime session with Frock Hudson will now be posted on the Yarra Plenty Regional Library Service’s Facebook page at 12noon today, Wednesday 17 May.
The event is one of a number of activities planned across Nillumbik to mark International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersex discrimination and Transphobia discrimination (IDAHOBIT).
Cr Ramcharan said he was deeply disappointed the library service was forced to move the storytime event online following security advice.
“To our LGBTIQA+ community – we stand with you. There is no place for this type of hate in our community,” Cr Ramcharan said.
“Our Access Equity and Inclusion Policy highlights our commitment to reducing inequalities and promoting an inclusive community.
“The staff at the Yarra Plenty Regional Library Service do a great job and we support their approach to creating libraries that are welcoming to everyone. It's essential that we continue to promote diversity and tolerance in our community.
“One of the positives to come out of moving the storytime session online is the event is now accessible to many more members of our community and beyond, spreading the messages of respect and equality far and wide.”
Cr Ramcharan, Cr Frances Eyre and Cr Natalie Duffy on Monday gathered outside the Eltham Library with Eltham MP Vicki Ward, Jajajaga MP Kate Thwaites and community members to draw chalk butterflies on the pavement to express support for the LGBTIQA+ community.