Brisbane will mark this year’s International Day Against Homophobia, & Transphobia (IDAHOT) with a series of free events supported by Brisbane City Council to be held on Sunday 17 May.
In conjunction with the Brisbane LGBTIQ Action Group, the council has agreed to fly a rainbow pride flag from City Hall for the first time, while the Story Bridge will again be lit in rainbow colours.
The announcement that the Pride flag will fly from City Hall is a win for local LGBT activists who were disappointed last year when Brisbane City Council turned down their request to fly the flag from City Hall, as is the case in many major cities around the world.
Brisbane City Councillor Vicki Howard who represents Brisbane’s Central Ward told QNews that she was delighted that the Council has reviewed its long-standing practice regarding the flying of flags and banners from City Hall and will send a message of inclusiveness.
Brisbane LGBTIQ Action Group have organised the following events for IDAHOT on Sunday 17 May:
11 AM – QUEENS PARK. George St, Brisbane CBD (behind Casino)
Information stalls, support services, HotMale Choir, entertainment, participants writing anti-homo/transphobia messages on whiteboards for social media.
At 12.30 we walk as a group to nearby City Hall for a memorial ceremony and to view the rainbow flag flying from City Hall flagpole.
So far three Brisbane City Councillors have confirmed their attendance – Crs Newton, Johnston and Wines.
5.30 PM – WILSON OUTLOOK RESERVE, Cnr Bowen Tce & Kent St New Farm.
Group viewing of Story bridge lit in rainbow lights.
6:30PM BRISBANE PRIDE CHOIR plus a FILM at New Farm Cinemas
7 PM – KING GEORGE SQUARE, Anne/Adelaide Sts Brisbane
Group viewing of Brisbane City Hall lit in rainbow lights.
IN ADDITION: 11 AM, SATURDAY 9 MAY 2015 – The whole community is invited to attend when the rainbow flag to be flown from City Hall, is handed over to City Hall staff. Be a part of this historic occasion. Gather in King George Square outside the entrance to City Hall from 10.45 am.
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