Brisbane Council announced this morning that one of the city’s most iconic landmarks will shine with colours from the pride flag to commemorate the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) on May 17.
Council’s Field Services Committee chairman, Cr David McLachlan, broke the news on Brisbane radio this morning.
This news comes following yesterday’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 prefered “actions rather than symbols” when it came to representing the Brisbane LGBTI community.
Lighting the Story Bridge in rainbow colours has been an ongoing issue for council, with the suggestion of lighting the bridge during the Brisbane Pride Festival later this year raised by Newton in December reportedly met with laughter from other councillors in the chamber.
The Star Observer has contacted the Mayor’s office for comment. More to come.