As we’ve seen, Paul “Wiener” Findlay stood down from the Q-Topia Board as a result of his little online tryst. Â Board Chairman Neil Hellewell took the chance to defend Paul Findlay’s actions, suggesting that it was a stitchup and Findlay would deserve apologies once the ‘real story’ was known.
To jump ahead in the narrative, we now have a Q-Topia board where one has resigned due to alleged sexual grooming of a minor, one has a police complaint for a number of breaches of the law, including illegal drug use and supply, another has publicly admitted to using illegal drugs, and a Board Chairman that, given the chance, is digging in to protect his friends instead of taking a leadership role expected of someone in charge of other people’s children.
Q-Topia, through its sub-group Forge, is a charity that offers itself as a source of help for children that are confused and vulnerable due to gender identity issues. Â If the anti-gay world ever needed free ammo for an organisation that “makes confused kids gay”, they couldn’t go far wrong with Q-Topia right now.
It appears to me that Neil Hellewell’s judgement isn’t up to the task. Â He’s is doing damage to a number of causes with his current stance, and fast running out of time to choose the right side of the argument. Â Neil is a lay pastor at a church, works in the health sector with direct patient contact, and is expected to have a sound moral and ethical basis for decision making.
Whaleoil has been in contact with Neil to suggest it was time to sort this mess out, but so far Neil has only asked questions and not provided any answers to ours.
So, while we wait for events to progress against the board member currently subject to the police complaint, I thought it appropriate to share with you what happened when two members of the public, who have been trying to bring this issue up with Hellewell behind the scenes – quietly – for many months, tried to attend a public Q-Topia board meeting to explain their concerns.
Here’s what happened at the QTopia Board meeting that [we] Â tried to attend tonight. Â Read more »