Rainbow Rights in the Spotlight
The Rainbow Crossing ain't coming back, but it's gotten people thinking about the possibility of another permanent symbol.
It's been, quite literally, a colourful year for Sydney's LGBTI community. There was the rainbow crossing controversy that spawned a million DIY chalk rainbows across Sydney and the world, and Ashfield Council recently created a permanent rainbow in Summer Hill.
The Rainbow Crossing ain't coming back anytime soon, but it's gotten people thinking about other permanent symbols made for Oxford Street that might recognise and celebrate queer culture. Now, the City of Sydney Council is holding the Rainbow Rights in the Spotlight forum for the LGBTI community to get their thoughts on what they'd like to see there. The forum will be hosted by Bernie Hobbs, with guest presenter James Brechney (DIY Rainbow Crossings creator), Geoff Thomas (Australian Marriage Equality), Nelson Tang (Wear It Purple), Gina Wilson (OII Australia) and Lainie Arnold (Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby).
Although the main focus of the forum will be to discuss a permanent LGBTI symbol on Oxford Street, it will also be a chance to talk about other issues in the area.