GLBT forum next week

On 10 April, the NSW Government removed the rainbow crossing at Taylor Square, in spite of strong community support to keep it as a permanent acknowledgement of Sydney's gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual and intersex communities - as well as a wonderful, bold public art statement.

The rainbow crossing was an idea that came from the community, and its removal provoked spontaneous action. Since then, many ideas have been put forward to replace the rainbow crossing and recognise our GLBTI community on Oxford Street - which is itself a GLBTI icon worldwide.

I believe we need the community's input to find the best possible option, which is why I'm hosting a public forum next Tuesday night.

We will hear from James Brechney, who started the fabulous DIY rainbow campaign that got the whole city chalking. If you have an idea to contribute, this is the place to discuss it.

Over the years we have created rainbow banners which fly along Oxford Street during Mardi Gras and at other times throughout the year. Public art has brought life and visitors to Taylor Square. And we have made space available for Mardi Gras to host an exhibition space in Oxford Street.

Symbols can be powerful, but I know some people in the community are concerned the pendulum has swung too far - that there are other important issues we should be talking about and campaigning on.

The forum will also be a chance to hear from you about the important issues and challenges facing the GLBTI community.

Whether you have a creative idea for Oxford Street, or you want to discuss ways the City can progress issues like marriage equality, discrimination, ageing or public recognition - please join us to share your views.

Rainbow Rights in the Spotlight

Tuesday 16 July, 6.30pm-8pm

Paddington Town Hall, 249 Oxford Street, Paddington

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