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Anti-gay protester a fun tourist attraction

Mon 13 Feb 2006 In: New Zealand Daily News

An anti-gay fundamentalist protester at this year's Big Gay Out found himself being labelled "the only gay in the village" by young festivalgoers. Protester Justin Pearce, also present at the Big Gay Out last year, returned to this year's event with a handful of followers holding banning proclaiming homosexuality to be "unnatural and perverted". However, festivalgoers didn't appear to be perturbed by Pearce's presence. He was treated as a tourist attraction and posed for photos with, much to his irritation. Someone also saw fit to label him with stickers advertising the British comedy show Little Britain, stickers which read "I'm the only gay in the village". Pearce's comments toward transgender festivalgoers, which included abusing MP Georgina Beyer, reached flash point by later in the afternoon when Pearce found himself nose-to-nose with a police officer, who warned him that any further abuse from him would result in him being arrested for inciting violence. Pearce had earlier commented that he had no faith in the police present at the Big Gay Out, as he believed them to be affiliated with the homosexual agenda. He said he intended to call 111 should he get into trouble.    

Credit: News Staff

First published: Monday, 13th February 2006 - 12:00pm

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