A month ago I was stopped in my tracks during my walk to work. The rainbow crossing which had lit up Taylor Square since mid March was gone, removed in the dead of night while the city’s residents were asleep.
I was, frankly, shocked. But let me take you back a back a few weeks to give you some background.
Earlier this year a political wrangle started between the Sydney City Council (along with its supporters) and the Liberal State Government when the council wanted to put two brightly coloured rainbows across the pedestrian crossings at Taylor Square, arguably the heart of gay Sydney, in time for this year’s Mardi Gras. The road, however, was ‘owned’ by the State, not the Council.
A compromise was reached, not two but one rainbow crossing was agreed to, but on a ‘trial basis’. Funds needed to be set aside not only to paint…
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