A group of protestors are concerned a controversial religious event held in Bunbury this week will spread harmful beliefs to the wider community. About 30 people gathered outside Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre on Monday night to protest the Australian Christian Lobby’s “The Truth of It” live show. The conservative Christian organisation — linked to supporting controversial figures such as Israel Folau — described the sold-out show as managing director Martyn Iles applying “the truth of scripture” to “thorny issues”. The group’s website features videos saying “‘transgenderism’ doesn’t exist” and insisting that God made people “men and female”. OUT South West co-chair Cassandra Hymers was among those who protested and said her main concern was the potential damage the group’s ideologies could have on young LGBTQI+ people. “The ACL may say they are not against gay people, but this group has openly campaigned against laws that give us equality,” she said. “Australia has the highest rate of trans suicide in the world . . . 48 per cent of trans youth have tried to take their own life . . . and events like this are harmful to their mental health.” “Once your opinion begins harming others, you’ve crossed the line and it’s not right.” ACL WA director Peter Abetz, pictured, said it was “absolute nonsense” that the views expressed at the seminar could be seen as harmful. “There is nothing that was said at the event that would vilify any LGBT people,” he said. He said ACL being against parts of the Victorian gay conversion therapy legislation had been misconstrued as the group being pro-conversion. “We believe nobody should be pressured or coerced into changing their gender identity or sexual orientation,” he said. A BREC spokesperson previously told the Times the venue supported an open-booking policy “regardless of religious, social or political affiliation” and that a confirmed booking did not reflect an “affirmation or support by BREC’s board of management or staff, on the content of any booking”. The City of Bunbury said it had no involvement or control in relation to what events were booked at BREC. A sold-out show in Geraldton is the next and final stop on the ACL’s regional WA tour.