Brisbane now boasts a permanent rainbow footpath. Brisbane City Council installed the footpath outside Brisbane gay venue Sporties (the Sportsman Hotel) earlier this month.
The rainbow motif emblazons a section of footpath at the intersection of Hope Street and Leichhardt Street in Spring Hill. It lies right outside one of the city’s longest-running and most iconic gay venues Sporties. Sportsman Hotel owner Neil McLucas unveiled the finished footpath on Tuesday morning.
The footpath celebrates Brisbane’s LGBTIQ communities. The Brisbane City Council worked in partnership alongside the Brisbane LGBTIQ Action Group (BLAG) and the Brisbane Pride Festival Committee on the project.
Last month, Brisbane City Councillor Vicki Howard first announced the rainbow motif at the Queens Ball Awards. Its installation outside a gay venue takes on added significance as an act of defiance following the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando last month.
The council also installed a tribute plaque alongside the rainbow footpath. BLAG, the Australian Transgender Support Association Queensland together with Intersex Australia worked together to devise the wording.
“Brisbane is a place where our differences are celebrated and our similarities unite us, where we value our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community,” the plaque reads.
“This rainbow artwork is a symbol of inclusion and diversity, and a call to end prejudice and discrimination.”
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