At first glance it might look like a brightly coloured piece of junk mail, but a pamphlet from the Adelaide Street Preachers has caused concern among Greater Shepparton’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer community and many others.
The pamphlet’s front cover openly compares the LGBTIQ movement to Nazism and states ‘‘The death of reason and the rainbow walk to insanity’’ on its cover.
The preachers are a controversial South Australian Christian group known for their stance against marriage equality and preaching at Adelaide’s Rundle Mall.
Since the pamphlets started appearing this week in the mailboxes of Shepparton residents The News has received a number of concerned emails.
Goulburn Valley Pride’s Damien Stevens received a pamphlet through his home mailbox and was shocked and appalled by its contents.
‘‘Many people are disgusted and saddened by this material,’’ he said.
Mr Stevens said several people had voiced their concern to him and other LGBTIQ-supportive agencies.
Some people had told him they were glad they lived out of town so they did not receive the distressing pamphlet.
Mr Stevens said despite the offensive material and its distribution, most of the local community was supportive of the LGBTIQ population.
He said there were several organisations in Shepparton who provided support and recommended if any community member needed to relay their concerns or seek assistance, these organisations were available to help.
Kildonan UnitingCare Shepparton can be contacted on 58316157 and Goulburn Valley Pride at www.gvpride.org