Pride Month rainbow crossing to let all people know they are Welcome Here

05/06/2019

To celebrate and show support for its diverse community, Georges River Council has installed a rainbow crossing as part of Pride Month this June. 

Mayor Kevin Greene outlined the reasoning behind the Mayoral Minute he put forward at the April Council Meeting. 

“Pride Month is an important annual event commemorating the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI+) rights,” said Mayor Greene. 

“Council recently joined the Welcome Here Project, an initiative which supports organisations throughout Australia to create and promote environments that are visibly welcoming and inclusive of LGBTI+ communities. 

“The Welcome Here Project emerged in response to high levels of violence against LGBTI+ people in the late 90s,” explained Mayor Greene. “Businesses who wanted to offer a safe space for people who were under threat of violence began displaying ‘Safe Place’ stickers in their windows. 

“While the threat of street-based violence has reduced, it has not gone away completely, which is why we display our Welcome Here sticker at our service centres, libraries, cultural facilities and childcare centres.

“Council understands the importance of recognising and embracing the rich diversity within our community. 

“The Rainbow Crossing installation on Forest Road in Hurstville throughout Pride Month will be a playful yet important symbol of our support not only for our customers, but also for our staff members who are part of the LGBTI+ community.”