Rainbow crossing rescheduled
After being postponed due to last week's four-day heatwave which saw temperatures rise above 40 degrees, the installation of the rainbow crossing in Melbourne's west will now take place on Thursday, January 30.
The crossing was originally planned as part of the launch of the Hobsons Bay Westandproud website but now the local community is invited to the Louis Joel Arts Centre from 4.30 to 6.30 on January 30 to participate in painting a rainbow pedestrian crossing which will remain intact for one week after the event.
The event is part of Midsumma's GOWEST festival, supported by Hobsons Bay City Council and the local LGBTIQ community.
Hobsons Bay mayor, Sandra Wilson said the rainbow crossing will be a first for Melbourne’s west and encouraged the whole community to become involved with the event.
“Never before has such a unique opportunity come to Melbourne’s west,” she said.
“The rainbow crossing represents the metaphor of ‘crossing over’ into acceptance. No matter who we are, we may face occasions where we do not feel accepted by our peers or our community.
Chairperson of the Council’s GLBTIQ Committee Cr Tony Briffa said the crossing was a striking way to give prominence to awareness of GLBTIQ issues.
“The rainbow is a symbol of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer pride, and reflects the diversity in our community. By bringing the whole community together to walk the same colourful crossing, we are putting everyone on an equal footing, quite literally,” Briffa said.
“We want residents to know they live in a safe and respectful community where their sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status is accepted.”
The installation will also be documented by time-lapse photography intended for use to mark IDAHO in May this year.