Lesbian City Councilor under fire for opposing rainbow crossroad

Rainbow crosswalk in Tel Aviv

A rainbow crosswalk in Tel Aviv. Rainbow crosswalks are popping up in numerous cities around the world.


City Councilor of Sydney, Australia, Christine Forster, who is a lesbian, defended herself against allegations that her original opposition to a rainbow crossroad painted on famous Oxford Street was “mean spirited” and anti-LGBT. The crossroad was painted for Sydney’s 35th annual Mardi Gras parade, on March 2, which also serves as the liberal city’s LGBT Pride celebration. She said that it wasn’t a good use of money if the crossroad wasn’t going to be permanent.

Member of Parliament for Sydney, Alex Greenwich, supported the crossroad. “Lesbians and gay men were beaten and bashed on Oxford Street in 1978, and homophobic violence was rife for years. To now have our flag on our street celebrates how far we have come and is a tribute to the battles we have won.”

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