Victoria’s Darebin Council has raised a rainbow flag over their city hall to show solidarity with the LGBTI community, and they’ve said it will stay up until marriage equality is made legal.
Mayor Kim Le Cerf said Darebin councillors voted earlier this week to raise the flag over Preston City Hall on the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) on Wednesday (May 17), and leave it flying until the reform is achieved.
“People who identify themselves as LGBTIQ make up more than 10 per cent of our community and are twice as likely to experience poor mental health outcomes as a direct result of the stigma, prejudice and discrimination they experience every day,” she told the Preston Leader.
“Marriage equality is a big part of ending entrenched discrimination and I am proud that Darebin Council will fly the rainbow flag until the Marriage Act is changed so that Australians are able to marry, regardless of who they are or who they love.”
— City of Darebin (@CityofDarebin) May 17, 2017
The council has also voted to invest $20,000 into ensuring LGBT+ people remain safe within the community, the Preston Leader reported.
Several city councils, including several in Queensland, raised rainbow flags to show their support for the LGBTI community on IDAHOT.
Surf City Council and Yarra Council have also voted to fly a rainbow flags at council chambers on IDAHOT and leave it up until marriage equality is achieved.