Brisbane will proudly take part in this year’s International Day against Homophobia with Brisbane City Council confirming that the rainbow pride flag will fly from City Hall and a rainbow light display will shine from the iconic Story Bridge.
The announcement is a win for local LGBT activists who were disappointed last year when Lord Mayor Graham Quirk refused a request to fly the rainbow flag from City Hall, as is the the case in many major cities around the world.
Brisbane City Councillor Vicki Howard who represents Brisbane’s Central Ward told QNews that she was delighted that Council has reviewed its long standing practice regarding the flying of flags and banners from City Hall and will 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 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.
IDAHOT is commemorated around the world to remember the harm caused by homophobia and transphobia, leading to Lesbian Gay Bisexual Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) citizens being over-represented in mental health and suicide statistics. The date of 17 May was chosen, as this was the date when in 1990, a mere 25 years ago, when the World Health Organisation officially declassified homosexuality as a mental illness.