DIY rainbow founder jetting to LA to chalk rainbow at Facebook HQ
When DIY rainbow founder James Breko Brechney started his inspirational rainbow pride movement in protest of the removal of Oxford Street’s colourful rainbow crossing, little did he know a year later he would be jetting off to Los Angeles to chalk a giant rainbow as a celebration of gay pride.
Brechney took to Facebook this morning to announce the news in his typically enthusiastic fashion, saying that he had been invited by the social media giant to travel overseas to chalk a rainbow at their Palo Alto headquarters.
Brechney will give a presentation, take a tour of Facebook HQ and take part in the chalking of a rainbow crossing in the company’s main square. Then he will join Facebook staff as they take part in the annual Pride march.
The popular OXLive radio announcer said he was proud of DIY Rainbow’s achievements. Since its inception DIY Rainbow has attracted more than 57,000 likes and has inspired rainbow crossings the world over. Facebook even celebrated the movement during the social media company’s 10th birthday, choosing it as one of 10 pages on their 10-year anniversary to highlight how Facebook can mobilise people for change.
“The support the DIY rainbow campaign has had from our community here in Sydney and across Australia just blows me away,” Brechney told GNN.
“Our Mardi Gras float was phenomenal and now getting to march in Pride in San Francisco is going to be the cherry on top. The way in which DIY went viral would not have been possible without the Facebook platform and I'm so chuffed they've requested my chalking expertise to show them how it's done! They've already sent me a few concrete options for our Facebook HQ rainbow and I'm excited for what we can cook up later in June.”
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Breko is the new breakfast host alongside Kat Vass on OXLive.com.au launching June 23