Brisbane Lord Mayor raises Progress Pride Flag on IDAHOBIT

Brisbane City Council marks IDAHOBIT
Image: Vicki Howard/Instagram

Brisbane’s Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner has raised the Progress Pride Flag at Brisbane City Hall to mark IDAHOBIT today.

Today is the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT). It’s to raise awareness of the ongoing fight for LGBTQIA+ equality around the world.

IDAHOBIT is on May 17 to reflect the World Health Organisation’s decision on this day in 1990 to remove homosexuality from its Classification of Diseases.

On Wednesday morning, Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner joined Central Ward Councillor Cr Vicki Howard to raise the flag at City Hall.

They were joined by members of the Council’s River City Pride group, as well as leaders from local organisations including the Queensland Council for LGBTIQ+ Health, PFLAG+ Australia, QNews, the Brisbane Hustlers and others.

Cr Howard said Brisbane City Council “prides itself on being inclusive.”

Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner and Vicki Howard
Image: courtesy of Vicki Howard

“Our Council is always keen to let the world know that ours is an inclusive city and the LGBTIQ+ communities are valued and loved,” she said.

“IDAHOBIT Day holds a special place in my heart. It was IDAHOBIT Day nearly ten years ago that we became the first Council in Australia to light its main bridge in the colours of the rainbow.

Progress Pride Flag flying from Brisbane City Hall

“This IDAHOBIT Day, Brisbane is once again shining in the colours of the rainbow to show our support for LGBTIQ+ communities.”

Today, local landmarks lit up in rainbow for IDAHOBIT are Brisbane City Hall, Story Bridge, Victoria Bridge, the Reddacliff Place sculptures as well as Sandgate Hall.


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Progress Pride crossing in Fortitude Valley

Cr Vicki Howard added the flag raising comes after the Council recently painted a large Progress Pride flag. It’s located on Alden Street outside Fortitude Valley’s The Wickham.

“Our rainbow road installation (below) on Alden Street is a fantastic demonstration that acknowledges the huge contribution that LGBTIQ+ communities make to Brisbane,” she said.

“I encourage all residents to drop down and take a look.”


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Queens Ball Awards returning to Brisbane City Hall

In one month, the Brisbane City Hall will again play host to the 62nd annual Queens Ball awards.

Last week, Brisbane Pride unveiled a bumper list of nominees for this year’s awards on June 17. Voting in all of the award categories is open now and closes on May 24.

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  1. Julian
    19 May 2023

    This is a good move after a hundreds of thousands of years of equal Love smashed by some religious Corporations.
    Has a Black man once said the long walk to Freedom.
    Nelson Mandela

  2. Julian
    19 May 2023

    Queen’s Ball
    Brisbane city Hall ♥️
    How to get tickets ?

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