Councillors at the City of Sydney will seek to update their two permanent rainbow crossings to Progress Pride Flag designs to “better represent the diversity of the LGBTQIA+ community.”
Councillor Adam Worling put forward the motion this week asking the CEO to investigate adding the extra colours to the city’s existing rainbow artworks.
The Progress Pride Flag design, created by non-binary artist Daniel Quasar in 2018, includes a chevron with five extra colours. They’re black and brown for Indigenous people and people of colour, and white, pink and blue, to represent trans, non-binary and gender-diverse people.
The City of Sydney’s two rainbow installations are at the corner of Bourke and Campbell Streets at Taylor Square South, and a 90-metre rainbow foothpath crossing Equality Green at Prince Alfred Park.
In 2021, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras officially adopted the Progress Pride Flag, over the six-striped rainbow flag. That same year, the City of Sydney also made the same move going forward.
Progress Pride flags were all over the city during WorldPride celebrations earlier this year.
At the time, “Progress Shark”, a Great White statue wrapped in the Progress Pride flag outside the Australian Museum, went viral online.
In the motion, Cr Adam Worling also asked the City of Sydney to investigate more locations and opportunities for pride crossings in the area.
He said surveys have shown the City of Sydney has the highest proportion of LGBTQIA+ people in Australia.
“The City understands that visibility and inclusion are key to a vibrant and safe City. [It’s] committed to elevating and celebrating all LGBTIQA+ residents and visitors,” he said.
Today the #SydneyRainbowCrossing celebrates its second birthday!
It may have taken us five years to secure a permanent rainbow crossing, but it was well worth the continued advocacy.
Here’s a short history of Sydney’s rainbow road. pic.twitter.com/NqAKs7xHUc
— Clover Moore AO (@CloverMoore) February 8, 2021
Cr Worling also asked council to endorse the creation of a network LGBTQIA+ councillors and allies. He hopes doing so will improve their visibility and encourage more queer people to run for local politics.
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