IPSWICH AND SCENIC RIM COUNCILS TO FLY IDAHOT RAINBOW FLAGS


Rainbow Flag For IDAHOT - Mayor Greg Christensen and Mayor Paul Pisasale

Two southeast Queensland councils will fly rainbow flags next Tuesday to mark the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT).

Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) announced the flags will fly above the offices of the Scenic Rim Council in Beaudesert and the Ipswich City Council.

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The group said they’re immensely grateful to the new Scenic Rim Mayor, Greg Christensen (pictured, top), and the local councillors for expressing their support for all people of diverse sexuality and gender in the Scenic Rim community.

“This is also the second year that Ipswich City Council have flown the Rainbow Pride flag on IDAHOT and we thank the Mayor Paul Pisasale (pictured, bottom) and the councillors for their ongoing support,” PFLAG spokesperson Dr Janet Berry said.

Dr Berry said this move by both of the councils will mean a lot to LGBTIQ people living in the regions.

Noosa Council and Somerset Regional Council have both announced they’ll fly rainbow flags on May 17 to mark the day.

But Sunshine Coast Council has publicly refused, saying the organisation’s flag policy prevents the flying of the unauthorised rainbow flag.

Several events are being held in Brisbane on both Sunday May 15 and Tuesday May 17, and Brisbane City Council will fly a rainbow flag on City Hall and illuminate both the Story Bridge and Victoria Bridge in rainbow colours.

Brisbane City Council will also move a motion supporting marriage equality at their meeting on Tuesday evening.