HELP! The Rainbow Flag At Surf Coast May Be Taken Down!
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In late April the Surf Coast Council in Victoria passed a motion to fly the rainbow flag until Australia achieved marriage equality.
Only a week after it was raised some councillors are working to tear it down.
LGBTI ally and champion, Councillor Rose Hodge, tabled the original motion to fly the flag and said “lately we’ve been talking about Australian values and while there was a conversation on the radio that you’ve got to have a meat pie at the footy or sledge at cricket, but you know what, I thought ‘where do I want to see my Australian values?"
“We did a lot of work on the council plan ... and the first (value) we’ve got is community well-being. I think this motion really covers a section of our community in the minority that we can move forward.”
Geelong for Marriage Equality spokesperson, Sharyn Faulkner, said "the Surf Coast initiative has inspired councils across the country to become visible champions for marriage equality. It has shown local LGBTI citizens that their inclusion and wellbeing is important to our community. This is something Surf Coast should be very proud of, not stepping away from."
Imagine what message tearing down the flag will give to the LGBTI community in Surf Coast.
Sign this petition and send a message to Mayor Brian McKiterick that he should consider the important message this will send locals and visitors to the Surf Coast.
Keep the flag flying high!
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