Rainbow Rights forum a real success

Last night's Rainbow Rights in the Spotlight forum at Paddington Town Hall was a positive and useful night for our GLBTI community.

Nearly 100 people joined us with some great ideas for recognising the unique culture and history of Taylor Square.

As I moved between different tables, I heard suggestions of lighting trees around Taylor Square with rainbow lights, new plaques commemorating important events in the area's history, a suspended rainbow over Taylor Square south and even a rainbow flag on the Harbour Bridge.

James Brechney gave an inspiring presentation, recapping the DIY chalk rainbow campaign. He was joined by a panel of speakers, who each fight for the GLBTI community.

Geoff Thomas from Australian Marriage Equality spoke about the issues he faced as the father of a gay son and the need for his son to be recognised and respected in the community. Nelson Tang, the secretary of Wear it Purple, spoke about the issues facing identity diverse teenagers at schools. Gina Wilson, the president of Organisation Intersex International Australia, explained the challenges and discrimination faced by intersex people. And Lainie Arnold from the Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby outlined their current agenda, including further changes to Federal Anti-Discrimination Law, policing issues and marriage equality.

All the ideas put forward on the night will be uploaded onto our Sydney Your Say website, where the conversation and work will continue http://sydneyyoursay.com.au/GLBTI

I will also write to the state and federal governments about the important issues raised.

I believe this forum was an empowering experience - thank you to the many community members who participated, all our guest panellists, City staff and Councillors.

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