Beware the Rainbow Stairs

rainbow stairs university of nsw

Homosexuality is a slippery slope, say some, but for others, perhaps at the University of NSW, it’s a set of rainbow stairs.

The University of NSW first painted a set of rainbow stairs six years ago to celebrate Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Recently, they gave the paint a refresh in time for this year’s gay Christmas.

But that apparently worried one young man. Nature, nurture or coloured steps – who knew how sexuality was determined?

So rather than risk turning all gay after climbing the rainbow stairs, the energetic lad bumped and humped his way up the handrail.

Not the first

However, it turns out this young gent is not the first to avoid this particular rainbow. When the stairs were first painted six years ago, the artwork did not extend to the large ornamental steps on the left. So another man stumbled his way up them rather than climb the rainbow stairway.

Some suggested on social media that the university will now paint the rail prompting the rainbow adverse to utilise new methods to reach the top.

Pole vaulting, perhaps.

It’ll keep escalating, @Comrade_Waluigi suggested, like a Bugs Bunny vs Daffy Duck cartoon.

Your true colours are beautiful like a rainbow:

Brisbane: ‘Dream come true’: The Wickham gets huge rainbow crossing.

Newcastle: University unveils rainbow crossing for Pride Week.

Cairns: Rainbow Crossing for Tropical Mardi Gras.

Darwin: Pride Festival’s Rainbow Crossing To Be Made Permanent.

Sydney: New rainbow crossing for Taylor Square.

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Destiny Rogers

Destiny Rogers embarked on her career in the media industry immediately after high school, initially joining Mirror News, which later evolved into News Ltd. She fondly recalls editing Ian Byford's 'Passing Glances: A History of Gay Cairns' as one of her most fulfilling projects. Additionally, Destiny co-researched and co-wrote 'The Queen's Ball', chronicling the history of the world's longest-running continuous queer event. Her investigative work on the history of Australia's COON Cheese and Edward Coon culminated in the publication 'COON: More Holes than Swiss Cheese', a collaborative effort with Dr. Stephen Hagan. Destiny's journey at QNews began as a feature writer, and she was subsequently elevated to the role of Managing Editor of QNews Magazine in 2018. However, in July 2022, she decided to resign from this role to refocus on research and feature writing. For contact, please reach out at

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