Council to install Pride Seats in celebration of inner west’s LGBTIQ community

The Inner West Council has voted to accept the donation of five rainbow Pride Seats in recognition of its strong support for the LGBTIQ community and the recent marriage equality campaign.

“Our LGBTIQ residents are a strong and vocal part of our community, and they’ve played a huge role in shaping the character of our area, as well as driving the successful vote for marriage equality,” said Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne.

“The Pride Seats celebrate the fact that the inner west occupies a central place in Australia’s LGBTIQ history,” he added.

Street Furniture Australia, who is providing the seats, said its donation was an acknowledgment of Council’s long-term advocacy on behalf of the inner west’s LGBTIQ community.

“I was delighted to present this donation to Council to recognise our support for marriage equality, and celebrate the love and diversity at the heart of our inner west,” said Cr Pauline Lockie.

Each Pride Seat will be dedicated to an inner west person, group or organisation that has campaigned for or contributed to LGBTIQ rights.

These local activists and change-makers will be recognised with a unique plaque at each seat.

“The inner west has played a key role in Australia’s queer history, and this is a lovely way to recognise the incredible contribution our residents have made to LGBTIQ rights,” said Cr Lockie.

Council and its LGBTIQ Working Group will work on a selection process, so residents can nominate local activists and campaigners for a seat dedication.

It is hoped a Pride Seat will be installed in each ward of the Inner West Council.

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Page last updated: 30 Jul 2018