The City of Greater Geelong has unveiled a permanent rainbow pedestrian crossing on Yarra Street, under the
Westfield flyover, as a symbol of pride in the diversity of the region and a
celebration of the LGBTQIA+ community.
The rainbow flag (also known as the Pride flag) is a
symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual
(LGBTQIA+) pride and social movements.
The rainbow design chosen for the crossing is based on
Valentino Vecchietti’s progress pride flag design, the most current and
inclusive rainbow flag to date.
The flag has integrated, alongside the traditional
rainbow colors, the transgender flag, intersex flag and the brown and black
lines to represent all people of colour, including First Nations Australians.
The need for a rainbow crossing in Geelong has been
expressed by the community consistently over the last four years.
Planning was initiated which included the installation
of a non-permanent mini crossing in Little Malop Street, at the launch of
Geelong Rainbow Festival 2020.
However, the planning for the permanent crossing
stalled until 2022 due to the COVID 19 Pandemic.
Deputy Mayor Anthony Aitken
The installation signifies the City’s commitment to the region’s diverse
The rainbow crossing forms a vibrant and colourful
representation of the City’s support for the local rainbow community.
The installation of a permanent rainbow crossing is a
part of the broader City strategy to be an inclusive local government.
Amanda Glasson - LGBTQIA+ Advisory
Committee and Liberty Disability Services Director
It’s great to see City of Greater Geelong
visually representing our PRIDE community, showing that we are all welcome
here, taking a hardline stance on LGBTQIASB+ discrimination and moving towards
being an inclusive city.
The rainbow crossing means a lot to so many within
our local community.
Jen Walsh - LGBTQIA+ Advisory Committee member
region’s LGBTQIA+ community is grateful for the City’s investment in the
It is a powerful symbol of hope for all LGBTIQA+
people and their loved ones across the region.
The colours represented by the Progress Flag indicate
that all City of Greater Geelong residents have the right to live as our
authentic selves, and that our LGBTIQA+ identities deserve to be celebrated.
At a time when a lot of LGBTIQA+ people are doing it
tough, this rainbow crossing is a strong sign of solidarity and strength.