Noosa Council will fly a rainbow flag to recognise International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) on Tuesday, May 17.
After an extended campaign by passionate local activists including Robin Bristow of the Sunshine Coast Rainbow Network, Noosa have agreed to change their position to reflect community sentiments.
Deputy Mayor Frank Wilkie said the gesture affirmed council’s objective for an inclusive, tolerant and welcoming community.
“Noosa is a place where everyone, regardless of ethnic and cultural differences, age, gender, ability, or sexuality, should feel included and valued,” Cr Wilkie said.
Cr Ingrid Jackson added: “By recognising the plight of many LGBTI people, we can do our bit to help reverse some of the challenges they, and other minority groups, continue to face.”
In Brisbane, a number of free public events are planned to mark IDAHOT.
Brisbane City Council has confirmed that City Hall would be decorated in rainbow lights and flags, and both the Story Bridge and the Victoria Bridge will also be lit in rainbow colours.
IDAHOT began in 2004 to shine a light on violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender people.