Council installs rainbow Pride Seats to recognise LGBTIQ community advocates
Thursday, 8 November 2018
Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne has unveiled seven rainbow Pride Seats, which recognise Council’s unwavering support for the LGBTIQ community.
Each Pride Seat contains a unique plaque dedicated to an Inner West person or organisation who has campaigned for or contributed to LGBTIQ rights over the years.
“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,” said Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne.
“Our Pride Seats will ensure that passers-by - those who use them to take a rest, or those who sit upon them to take in all the hustle and bustle of the Inner West - will be reminded of the contributions and sacrifices of those who fought for LGBTIQ rights.”
Street Furniture Australia, which provided the seats, said its donation was an acknowledgment of Council’s long-term advocacy on behalf of the Inner West’s LGBTIQ community.
Councillor Pauline Lockie, who moved the original motion at Council, said she was delighted to see the Pride Seats come to life across our Inner West.
“The Inner West has played a key role in Australia’s queer history. And our new Pride Seats celebrate the historic achievement of marriage equality in Australia, as well as the local Inner West activists who’ve fought so hard for LGBTIQ rights.
“I was honoured to bring this opportunity to Council in February, and I’m very glad to see our rainbow seats recognise the incredible contribution residents have made in this area,” she said.
The local activists who have been recognised are:
Recipient Location of Pride Seat
Alexander 'Lex' Watson Marrickville Road, Marrickville
The Feminist Bookshop Orange Grove Plaza, Lilyfield
Roberta Perkins Australia Street, Newtown
Robyn Plaister Norton Street, Leichhardt
The Pollys Club Marrickvillle Road, Marrickville
Timothy J Bishop Lackey Street Piazza, Summer Hill
Peter Bonsall-Boone Darling Street, Rozelle
and Peter de Waal
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