Geelong installs a vibrant and permanent rainbow pedestrian crossing

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Geelong installs a vibrant and permanent rainbow pedestrian crossing

Words by Staff Writer

The crossing is a symbol of pride in the diversity of the region and a celebration of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Geelong, our great regional city known for its vibrant culture, has proudly revealed a striking permanent rainbow pedestrian crossing beneath the Westfield flyover on Yarra Street.

Alongside being bright and beautiful, the move is a heartfelt expression of the region’s commitment to diversity and a joyful celebration of the LGBTQIA+ community.

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Inspired by Valentino Vecchietti’s Progress Pride Flag, the chosen design is the most current and inclusive representation of LGBTQIA+ pride. It integrates not only the traditional rainbow colours but also incorporates elements of the transgender and intersex flags, as well as brown and black lines to symbolise all people of colour, including Australia’s First Nations communities.

The demand for a rainbow crossing in Geelong has echoed through the community for the past four years. Initial steps were taken in 2020 with a temporary mini crossing in Little Malop Street during the launch of the Geelong Rainbow Festival. However, the COVID-19 pandemic temporarily halted plans for a permanent installation until 2022.

Deputy Mayor Anthony Aitken emphasised that the rainbow crossing is a tangible demonstration of the City’s dedication to supporting the diverse rainbow community. The crossing not only adds vibrancy to the streets but is a visual commitment to inclusivity.

Jen Walsh, a member of the LGBTQIA+ Advisory Committee, expressed gratitude for the City’s investment in the rainbow crossing.

“It is a powerful symbol of hope for all LGBTIQA+ people and their loved ones across the region.

“The colours represented by the Progress Flag indicate that all City of Greater Geelong residents have the right to live as our authentic selves, and that our LGBTIQA+ identities deserve to be celebrated.

“At a time when a lot of LGBTIQA+ people are doing it tough, this rainbow crossing is a strong sign of solidarity and strength.”

You can read more about the crossing here