The City of Sydney council will create a community forum to determine whether an enormous rainbow flag displayed at Taylor Square in the inner east would be the best way to reaffirm its support for the city’s gay community.
Members from the DIY Rainbow Crossing movement gathered outside Town Hall on Monday night, covering the footpath with chalk rainbows and demands for marriage equality.
Inside, Councillor Linda Scott brought a motion for council to “consider the proposal that we have a massive, massive symbol of equality at Taylor Square” she said, to loud applause from a packed gallery.
“I want people, when they come to Sydney, to walk past Taylor Square and have a huge symbol of equality that’s immediately visible.”
The Taylor Square crossing was temporarily painted in rainbow colours in February to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.
Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore with the gay community campaigned to keep it, but in early April it was covered with asphalt on the orders of NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay, who said it posed a safety risk.
“I thought its removal was a real assault on the council, democracy, and the community,” Ms Moore said.
“It united passers-by and invited everyone to reflect and celebrate together – the crossing made Taylor Square a people’s place.”
Councillor Christine Forster, the lesbian sister of Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, said she wanted the message to have a national scope.
“I’m hopeful it will reach all members of parliament, including my brother, so we can get some movement on this reform,” she said.
The motion to create a community forum was passed, and it will be advertised to the community in coming weeks.