A permanent rainbow footpath has been installed outside Brisbane gay venue The Sportsman Hotel in Brisbane.
The rainbow motif is emblazoned on a 2.5m wide section of the footpath at the intersection of Hope Street and Leichhardt Street in Spring Hill, outside one of the city’s longest-running and most iconic gay venues. Sportsman Hotel owner Neil McLucas (pictured, below) unveiled the finished footpath on Tuesday morning.
The Brisbane City Council said it has worked in partnership with the Brisbane LGBTIQ Action Group (BLAG) and the Brisbane Pride Festival Committee on the project, to celebrate Brisbane’s LGBTI community.
Brisbane City Councillor Vicki Howard first announced the rainbow motif at the Queens Ball Awards on June 11, and its installation outside a gay venue has taken on an added significance as an act of defiance following the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando last month.
A tribute plaque was installed alongside the rainbow footpath, with the wording devised by BLAG, the Australian Transgender Support Association Queensland and Intersex Australia.
“Brisbane is a place where our differences are celebrated and our similarities unite us, where we value our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community,” the plaque reads.
“This rainbow artwork is a symbol of inclusion and diversity, and a call to end prejudice and discrimination.”