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Penny Wong sparks uproar on Easter Sunday with single social media post about ‘Transgender Day of Visibility’

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Penny Wong has sparked uproar with a seemingly innocuous social media post on Easter Sunday.

The Foreign Minister shared a picture of the blue, purple and white-striped transgender flag on Sunday for International Transgender Day of Visibility, marked on March 31.

‘The Albanese Labor Government stands with trans and gender diverse people across Australia,’ the caption read.

‘On this #TDOV, we celebrate your strength and your courage – and we recommit to advocating for gender diverse rights in the pursuit of equality.’

However, the comments made on the post were flooded with people questioning the timing.

That is despite Senator Wong wishing her 115,000 Instagram followers a ‘Happy Easter’ several hours earlier.

‘On Resurrection Sunday?’, wrote one person.

‘On all days, this is obscenely disrespectful and sacrilegious.’

Penny Wong (pictured) has sparked uproar with a seemingly innocuous social media post

Penny Wong (pictured) has sparked uproar with a seemingly innocuous social media post

The Foreign Affairs Minister shared a picture of the blue, purple and white striped transgender flag on Sunday for International Transgender Day of Visibility (pictured)

The Foreign Affairs Minister shared a picture of the blue, purple and white striped transgender flag on Sunday for International Transgender Day of Visibility (pictured)

Before posting about Transgender Day of Visibility - Penny Wong shared a happy Easter post

Before posting about Transgender Day of Visibility – Penny Wong shared a happy Easter post

Another accused Senator Wong of ‘blasphemy’.   

‘Shame on you penny,’ they wrote.

‘You want tolerance & respect but you cant do it to Christians on one of the most Holiest days on our calendar? I rebuke you in the name of Jesus.’ 

In Christian scripture, Easter Sunday was the day of Jesus’s resurrection after he had been sacrificed on the cross.

The Transgender Day of Visibility is not designed intentionally to fall on Easter Sunday. It has been celebrated on the same date, March 31, for years. The date of Easter changes each year.

Easter falls on the first Sunday after the full moon following the spring equinox, between March 22 and April 25. Last year, it fell on April 9 and in 2022 it was on April 17.

But the comments underneath the post were flooded with people questioning the timing of the post

But the comments underneath the post were flooded with people questioning the timing of the post

Not all of the comments were negative, however.

‘Love all the so called Christians getting worked up,’ wrote one commenter. 

‘At a time when they are supposed to show love for all. Don’t they understand that you can still celebrate Easter at the Same time?’

Senator Wong’s earlier ‘Happy Easter’ post was deluged with criticism – but for a different reason.

This time, commenters were slamming the Labor government’s position on the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Not all of the comments were negative, however

Not all of the comments were negative, however

Similar comments were also made on the Transgender Day of Visibility post.    

‘This trans person doesn’t really care for your empty words when your actions have shown that you care very little for humanity,’ wrote one.  

Another said: ‘I’m trans and I think you are a gutless, genocidal enabler.’

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s Easter message issued earlier on Sunday was explicitly Christian in its theme.

‘Happy Easter Australia,’ the Prime Minister said in a recorded video. 

‘Easter is a time of hope and renewal. For Christians here and across the world it’s a moment to reflect on the Resurrection.

‘Celebrations and services across the country remind us of the importance of forgiveness, grace and kindness to those in need, qualities that are so much a part of the compassion and virtue of this, the greatest country on earth.’

Senator Wong, 55, has long been a vocal support of LGBTQ+ causes.

She broke down in tears when Australians voted to legalise same-sex marriage in 2017. 

Earlier this month she got married to her long-time partner Sophie Allouache in a quiet ceremony in her home state of South Australia.

The couple share two young daughters Alexandra, 11, and Hannah, eight.



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