An LGBT+ rainbow crossing is coming back to Sydney five years after it was removed by the state government.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said last week, “Our beautiful Oxford Street rainbow crossing became a global sensation in 2013 and it was devastating when it was removed with no warning in the middle of the night.”
“The news that it will be reinstated is incredibly significant on the eve of the 40th anniversary of the first Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras on 24 June and a powerful acknowledgement of the importance of our LGBTQI community and history.”
Good news! Sydney gets its rainbow back! 🌈🌈🌈 5 years ago we installed the Oxford Street rainbow crossing to celebrate Mardi Gras' 35th anniversary. To celebrate the 40th, work will begin on a brand new #SydneyRainbowCrossing on the other side of Taylor Square in October 2018! pic.twitter.com/aZzMQY64vu
— City of Sydney (@cityofsydney) June 21, 2018
The rainbow crossing first appeared on Oxford Street and through Taylor Square back in 2013, but it was controversially covered up by the NSW Government in the middle of the night.
At the time, (now former) Roads Minister Duncan Gay said the pride crossing was removed after its “trial” was over because it was “a matter of road and pedestrian safety which has no association whatsoever with my respect for the history and community of Oxford Street”.
This year, however, the rainbow crossing is to become a permanent fixture in the community and will be painted on the corner of Bourke and Campbell streets near Taylor Square, the heart of Sydney’s LGBT+ scene.
This morning, under grey skies, #Sydney Lord Mayor @CloverMoore & Sydney MP @AlexGreenwich announced the city's #rainbow pedestrian crossing will make its return in late-2018. pic.twitter.com/trkGBIw1YK
— Sarah McPhee (@_SarahMcPhee) June 21, 2018
Construction is to begin in October and will take approximately three months to complete. This rainbow crossing will still go through a trial phase, however, Moore said she was confident the crossing will stay as a permanent symbol of pride:
“I would rather it just went in and was permanent, but we’ll do that trial and I’m very confident it will pass with flying rainbow colours.”