Rainbow Flag flying at Council

Around 80 people attended Hawkesbury City Council, Windsor on Tuesday, 12 September for the rainbow flag raising ceremony in support of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Asexual (LGBTQIA) community in the Hawkesbury and Marriage Equality.

The Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Mary Lyons-Buckett gave a speech of support and raised the flag outside the Council Chambers amid cheers and applause from the community members present.

“Hawkesbury City Council offers its full support to our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Asexual community,” Mayor Lyons-Buckett said.

“We are proud to add our voice in support of Marriage Equality, and this rainbow flag will fly outside Council Chambers for the duration of the campaign.

“Council is well placed to positively influence community perceptions to increase acceptance,” she said.

“Our civic leadership and support will hopefully send a strong message and help people in our community.”

Community members enjoyed rainbow cake and colourful lollies that were provided by the Councillors to share as part of the celebration.

A rainbow banner is also displayed outside Council which states ‘Hawkesbury City Council supports Marriage Equality. Vote Yes.’.

Background

On 29 August 2017, Council resolved to engage with the LGBTQIA community to assist with the ‘Yes’ campaign in a respectful manner; to hold a community event in support of Marriage Equality; to fly the rainbow flag until 7 November; and to display a rainbow banner supporting Marriage Equality.

On 28 February 2017, Council also resolved to fly the rainbow flag for the Mardi Gras Festival period each year, as well as investigate ways in which Council can demonstrate support for the LGBTQIA community.

Following this, Council staff commenced consultation with representative groups in the Hawkesbury. Other actions undertaken include:

  • Ally training for Councillors and staff - programs have been researched and will be forwarded to groups to advise on best fit
  • All-gender toilet signage - sites are being identified and installation costs being determined
  • Council will also celebrate IDAHOT Day in 2018 which is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.

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