Yarra Council brings the local LGBTIQA+ community together to discuss the Rainbow Yarra journey

Tuesday 06 February 2024

Councillors and community members with a rainbow flag at Richmond Town Hall

Yarra Councillors, staff and members of the Rainbow Advisory Committee (RAC) celebrated Pride last night with an evening of conversation, performance and community connection.

This special evening reflected on the journey of the Rainbow Yarra initiative so far – from its inception in 2021, collective progress to date and the latest phase of the initiative – a campaign focusing on LGBTIQA+ pride, visibility, joy and celebration in Yarra aligned with this year’s Midsumma Festival.

Members of Yarra’s local LGBTIQA+ community shared their views on what being queer and visible in Yarra means to them. Speakers included local Trans Masc drag performer and activist, Alexander McKween and local resident, Charunda Bhanuka Bodaragama.

Community members also shared their thoughts on the issues and opportunities relevant to them, discussing the ways that Council can advance inclusion, equity and celebration of our vibrant rainbow communities.

“The LGBTIQA+ community is such an incredibly important and valued part of the City of Yarra” said Mayor Edward Crossland.

“It was fantastic to bring this community together and hear from a diverse range of perspectives on how Council can continue to support, uplift and advocate for LGBTIQA+ residents, visitors and workers”.

Gertrude and Smith Streets in Fitzroy will also be transformed into an extravagant street party this Sunday 12 February for another year of performances, music, art and LGBTIQA+ celebration at this year’s Victoria's Pride Street Party.

We were also thrilled to refresh the iconic rainbow footpaths at the corner of Gertrude and Smith Street in Fitzroy and Peel and Smith Streets in Collingwood with a fresh coat of paint and the addition of the Intersex Inclusive Progress Pride Flag – reaffirming our commitment to inclusivity and respect for the LGBTIQA+ community and businesses that thrive here.

Visit Rainbow Yarra to read the LGBTIQA+ Strategy 2021-2024 and learn more about the actions and initiatives Council is taking.


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