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Sydney’s rainbow crossing is coming back – but will it be permanent this time?

Sydney’s rainbow crossing is coming back – but will it be permanent this time?

A rainbow crossing in Taylor Square, Sydney, in 2013 – site of the original Mardi Gras peaceful protest for LGBTI rights

Clover Moore, the Lord Mayor of Sydney, Australia, tweeted on Tuesday (5 February) about the comeback of the city’s rainbow crosswalk. Many are wondering, however, if it will finally become permanent this year.

‘It’s coming…’ Moore tweeted out to her more than 100,000 followers.

She accompanied her tweet with a photo of workers installing the crossing. The photo shows the incomplete crossing with a yellow, green, and purple stripe, and space for more colors.

The latest version of the rainbow crossing will officially be unveiled on Saturday (9 February). It is located in Taylor Square, the heart of Sydney’s LGBTI district, at the corner of Campbell and Bourke streets.

The crossing is making its debut once more before the start of Sydney’s largest LGBTI festival, Mardi Gras.

Festivities begin on Friday, 15 February and continue until Sunday, 3 March.

In response to a query about the status of the crossing, Moore said the plan is for the crossing to become a permanent fixture in the city.

She explained that before becoming permanent it needs to ‘pass an independent safety review in 6 months time’.

This is the same parameter as stated when construction on the crossing began last year.

Sydney’s rainbow crossing first appeared in 2013, although at a different location. At the time, Moore called it a ‘global sensastion’. On 10 April of that same year, the Australian government removed it without warning, which Moore described as ‘devastating’.

She reportedly had difficulty getting approval last year to begin construction on this new crossing.

Several LGBTI people and allies in Sydney’s community hope this will be the year it becomes a permanent part of their daily lives.

Editor’s Note: An earlier verison of this article incorrectly stated Sydney had a rainbow crossing last year. They simply announced this year’s crossing in 2018, but there was no rainbow crossing in 2018.

See also:

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