Sydney Unveils Permanent Rainbow Crosswalk As Symbol of LGBTQ Pride (Video)
A colorful symbol of pride has found a new, permanent home in Australia.
The new crossing, located at Taylor Square, rounding the corners of Campbell and Bourke Streets, is not only a colorful new addition to the area but is also a symbol of LGBTQ pride. According to Lonely Planet, the crossing was once a temporary installment on Oxford Street, back in 2013, but was removed by the state government over “concerns for pedestrian safety.”
Since then, people inspired by protester James Brechney have been coloring in their own DIY rainbow crossings in chalk, inspiring similar protests in the U.S., as well as several countries in Europe, Africa, and Asia, according to Lonely Planet.
“By installing this beautiful crossing as a symbol of pride in our city’s diversity, Sydney joins other cities around the world,” Lord Clover Moore told SBS News in a statement.
The rainbow flag, designed by San Francisco artist Gilbert Baker, has long been a symbol of the gay rights movement and holds a poignant meaning for LGBTQ equality and freedom around the world.
Moore noted that the city’s unique crossing may also be the first rainbow crossing around the world to take on a traditional, curved rainbow shape as well.
“This beautiful gesture brings a smile to everyone who walks across it,” Brechney, who is also the founder of the community organization DIY Rainbow, told SBS.
The 2019 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras took place between Feb. 15 and March 3, but luckily, the rainbow crossing is there to brighten people’s days year-round.