THE Victorian Greens have proposed a special “Rainbow State” number plate for the sexual and gender diverse community ahead of the upcoming Midsumma Carnival.

The idea is being proposed by the state’s Greens LGBTI spokesperson Sam Hibbins, who believes it would be a welcome option for the community.

“Victoria’s had a number of iterations of our number plates over the last 20 years such as an Indigenous Australian one and a thoroughbred racing one, so I thought this would be a welcome addition,” he told the Star Observer.

“I thought, wouldn’t it be good to have LGBTI version of the number plate available to those people who want it?

“There are so many cars that have rainbow bumper stickers, but this would take it that one step further and would allow Victorians to have rainbow number plate… I think a lot of people would appreciate the ability to have that.”

As part of the proposition, the “Rainbow State” number plates would include the tagline “Victoria – The Rainbow State”.

They would be made available to Victorian vehicle owners for a fee, with the money raised going towards local LGBTI community organisations.

“The money could be used to go to LGBTI community groups who are doing it tough when it comes to finances,” Hibbins said.

“It’s a great way to demonstrate that Victoria is an inclusive state.

“We’d have to work out who the money would go to based on need and who needs it the most, but the amount would be dependent on how many people bought the plates.”

Midsumma board member and incoming chair John Caldwell believes any opportunity to celebrate the LGBTI community is one to get behind.

“As we head into our 29th Midsumma Festival it’s not hard to see that our community has a lot to celebrate,” he told the Star Observer.

“Victoria is a great place to identify as LGBTI and we should be taking every opportunity to highlight that we are diverse, inclusive, and colourful.

“Any initiative that helps increase the profile of Victoria’s LGBTI community and raises money for community groups gets our support.”

The Star Observer approached Victorian Roads Minister Luke Donnellan for comment but none was provided at the time of print.

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