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QUESTIONS RAISED OVER BRISBANE CITY HALL RAINBOW FLAG BAN

in AUSTRALIA, 27/02/2014

BRISBANE Council has been praised for approving moves to light Story Bridge in rainbow colours for IDAHO but its Lord Mayor has been caught out on his statement of not allowing the rainbow pride flag to be raised at Brisbane City Hall.

Announced yesterday by council’s Field Services Committee chairman, Cr David McLachlan, Story Bridge will for the first time be lit in rainbow colours specifically for International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) on May 17.

This news came following Tuesday’s heated debate in council’s Question Time, where another suggestion raised by Cr Victoria Newtown to raise the pride flag at City Hall for IDAHO was shot down by Lord Mayor Graham Quirk – who stated he preferred “actions rather than symbols” when it came to representing the Brisbane LGBTI community.

The suggestion of lighting the bridge during the Brisbane Pride Festival later this year was first raised by Newton in December and reportedly met with laughter from other councillors in the chamber.

In a statement released today, a spokesperson for the Lord Mayor said: “Council supports the message behind the International Day against Homophobia which is why council is lighting up one of our most iconic features in Brisbane.”

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