Brisbane's Story Bridge Illuminated

A survey of four Brisbane City Council mayoral candidates in the upcoming council election has shown broad support for the LGBTI community from all parties.

The survey was a joint initiative of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays Brisbane (PFLAG), Brisbane Pride Festival, Brisbane LGBTIQ Action Group (BLAG) and the LGBTI Legal Service Inc.

Questions put to the candidates included funding for LGBTI community events such as the Brisbane Pride Festival, voting intentions for a motion of council support for federal marriage equality, and symbolic support such as rainbow flags, rainbow crossings and rainbow illumination of the Story Bridge.

All were broadly supported by the four Brisbane City Council mayoral candidates surveyed – Lord Mayor Graham Quirk from the LNP, Rod Harding from Labor, Ben Pennings from the Greens, and Independent councillor Nicole Johnston.

One point of distinction in the responses was the creation of an LGBTI-specific advisory committee in Brisbane City Council.

The committee is supported by Labor, the Greens and Independent Nicole Johnston, but the LNP Brisbane City Council rejected the creation of the committee in October 2015.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk instead pointed to the existing appointment of an LGBTI representative, Mr Peter Black, to the Inclusive Brisbane Board (IBB), which among other issues advises Council on community cohesiveness in Brisbane.

Queenslanders will go to the polls on Saturday March 19.

For detailed survey information and responses, visit

Nerelle Harper

Nerelle is a contributor for QN Magazine and QNEWS Online

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