It is hard to believe that it was a mere 25 years ago this month, on May 17, 1990, that the World Health Organisation officially declassified homosexuality as a mental illness.
Stand Up With Pride Inc, in collaboration with Townsville City Council, has created another first for the LGBTI community. The council has approved and supported the hoisting of the rainbow flag from 16-18 May.
On the Saturday, at 8am, the community will gather at the Townsville City Council to mark the occasion, followed by a breakfast.
Stand Up With Pride treasurer Cheryl Vacchini said it was a sign of strong support from the council, led by Mayor Jenny Hill.
“It shows a willingness to work with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities in Townsville to ensure we all feel safe in this great city, especially our young people who are often at the greatest risk,” she said.
Brisbane City Council recently confirmed that the rainbow pride flag would fly from City Hall on the day and a rainbow light display will also shine from the iconic Story Bridge.
Brisbane City Councillor Vicki Howard, who represents Brisbane’s Central Ward, told QNews she was delighted that council has reviewed its long-standing practice regarding the flying of flags and banners from City Hall and it would send a message of inclusiveness.
“The flying of the rainbow flag certainly holds a lot of meaning for me because its image dovetails elegantly with our wish for Brisbane to be an increasingly accessible and inclusive city, a city where everyone has equal opportunity to be a part of and experience what Brisbane has to offer,” Cr Howard said.