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Sydney streets painted rainbow to honor LGBTI community

Sydney streets painted rainbow to honor LGBTI community

In time for the Mardi Gras festival, road crossings on Oxford Street, in the centre of Sydney have been painted rainbow colors.

The rainbow crossings were proposed by Mayor Clover Moore who got the idea from a similar initiative in West Hollywood.

If the colorful road markings prove popular they will be installed permanently as a ‘visual acknowledgement of the significance of Oxford Street to the LGBT community’ Moore said in a meeting, Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Sydney’s MP Alex Greenwich welcomed the initiative.

‘Lesbians and gay men were beaten and bashed on Oxford Street in 1978, and homophobic violence was rife for years. To now have our flag on our street celebrates how far we have come and is a tribute to the battles we have won,’ Greenwich said.

‘The crossing will be a major tourist attraction and bring new life to Oxford Street.’

Greenwich criticized Liberal and Living Sydney councillors for voting against the crossing, which will cost $75,000 (Australian dollars, $77,300, €58,600).

Independent MP Greenwich said that the opposition to the rainbow crossing from Liberal councillors Christine Forster and Edward Mandla and Living Sydney councillor Angela Vithoulkas was ‘mean-spirited and showed a lack of respect’ for the LGBTI community.

‘During election time they went after the gay vote, but once in office voted against an important installation for our community,’ Greenwich added.

Watch a video of the creation of the Sydney rainbow crossing here: