Meet Shelley Argent and Leanne Edmistone - Brisbane Square Library

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266 George Street

Brisbane City, QLD 4000

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When Australian Human Rights Commissioner Graham Innes AM described Shelley Argent as “just a mother from the suburbs”, he paid her the greatest compliment. But don’t let the diamonds and pearls fool you. Shelley’s love for her son, grit, determination and persistence helped bring about some of the biggest human rights reforms in recent Australian history.

When Shelley’s son, James, came out as a teenager in 1995, the only legal right he held in Queensland was the right to be gay without fear of arrest. Shelley knew James faced a lifetime of discrimination through no fault of his own; a situation untenable to her. She was determined her son would be considered equal.

Join Shelley with co-author and journalist Leanne Edmistone as they discuss their book Just a Mum.

Books will be available for purchase on the day, or bring your copy from home for Shelley and Leanne to sign.

Presented as part of the Lord Mayor's Writers in Residence series.


Brisbane Pride Choir will be performing before this event. Join us from 5.30pm to celebrate 20 years of the Brisbane Pride Choir.

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