Scenic Rim council to fly rainbow flag tomorrow

PRIDE: Mayor Greg Christensen with Janet Berry from the Queensland Action Group for LGBTIQ+ Students at the first Scenic Rim IDAHOT.
PRIDE: Mayor Greg Christensen with Janet Berry from the Queensland Action Group for LGBTIQ+ Students at the first Scenic Rim IDAHOT.

THE Rainbow Pride flag will fly above the Scenic Rim council offices in Beaudesert tomorrow to commemorate the May 17 International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT). 

Scenic Rim mayor Greg Christensen said the Rainbow Pride flag is an important symbol for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and questioning people (LGBTIQ).

“Raising it outside Council's offices shows a concrete commitment to inclusion and diversity within the Scenic Rim community,” he said.

“Our community recognises that intolerance and discrimination have no place in modern society.

Cr Christensen said these values of respect and inclusion are shared by council.

“In a year where bullying has become a major focus, the continuing affirmation of these values is something I ask all in our community to join me in,” he said.

“By flying the Rainbow Pride flag, we affirm that all people, regardless of sexual identity, are entitled to live their lives with dignity and respect."

IDAHOT is a global day aimed at drawing people’s attention to the discrimination and violence committed against same sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse people across the world.

In Queensland the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 (Qld) prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexuality.

All groups, workplaces and schools were invited to hold events to celebrate IDAHOT and wear purple for the day to raise awareness among friends and colleagues.

Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays representative Janet Berry said the group was very grateful to Cr Christensen and the councillors for expressing their support for all people of diverse sexuality and gender in the Scenic Rim community.

“PFLAG knows this action by the Scenic Rim council will mean a lot to LGBTIQ people living in the region,” she said.

“LGBTIQ people make up about 11 per cent of our community. 

“Most of them lead happy and fulfilled lives but LGBTIQ people have an increased risk of depression, anxiety, substance abuse, self-harming and suicide.

“This is not because of their identity, but due to the prejudice, discrimination and, occasionally, the violence they face simply for being who they are.”