A rainbow footpath will be installed outside Brisbane gay venue The Sportsman Hotel.
The rainbow motif will adorn a 2.5m wide footpath at the intersection of Hope Street and Leichhardt Street in Spring Hill, outside the venue, but some details are yet to be finalised.
The Brisbane City Council has worked in partnership with the Brisbane LGBTIQ Action Group and the Brisbane Pride Festival Committee on the project, and a plaque will also be installed alongside the footpath.
The plaque’s wording is being devised by the Brisbane Gay and Lesbian Action Group (BLAG), the Australian Transgender Support Association Queensland and Intersex Australia.
A council spokesperson said, “Brisbane City Council is a committed supporter of the LGBTIQ community and has worked alongside the community on a number of important issues and to raise awareness and promote inclusiveness in Brisbane.”
Chair of Brisbane City Council’s Infrastructure Committee Councillor Amanda Cooper said Queensland road standards prevented the installation of a “rainbow crossing” over the road itself.
However, the footpath is “a great result, we think certainly it is an important acknowledgement of this very important and valued community group,” she said.
A rainbow crossing was installed across Sydney’s Oxford Street for the 35th anniversary of the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in 2013.
People responded to its removal by creating “DIY Rainbow Crossings” in chalk and sharing the photos on social media, creating a global trend.
A rainbow footpath in Fitzroy in Melbourne similar to the one to be installed in Brisbane was created to welcome delegates to a major AIDS conference in the state in 2014 and has become a permanent fixture.
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