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Fitzroy Rainbow crossing here to stay

Fitzroy Rainbow crossing here to stay

LAST UPDATED // Friday, 01 August 2014 16:13 Written by // Rachel Cook

The Rainbow Crossing in Fitzroy that was created to welcome delegates to the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne will become a permanent fixture.

Yarra City Council voted last month to keep the symbol of solidarity with Fitzroy’s LGBTIQ community.

The symbolic gesture on the corner of Smith and Gertrude Street has been warmly welcomed by the broader community as well.

Councillor Stephen Jolly put forward the motion for the crossing to become permanent.

Jolly told MCV the crossing had received a positive response from the public.

“Tourists were coming to get selfies there. For teenage kids at school coming out or thinking about it, the crossing was a symbol that this community has their back.

“Not a single person complained to me. There were dozens of messages via social media and calls in support.”

It is understood the rainbow crossing will be re-painted later this year.


Rachel Cook

Rachel Cook

Rachel Cook has worked in both the queer and mainstream media for over a decade. Before becoming editor of Melbourne Community Voice, she was a producer for ABC radio. Between 2008 and 2012, Rachel was the editor of CHERRIE. In 2010 her book, A History of Queer Australia, was published and is currently in use in high schools across Australia.

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