Vincent Loves Love: City to fly rainbow flag in support of LGBTQI community throughout postal survey


WA AIDS Council’s Mark Reid welcomes the move from the City of Vincent to raise the rainbow flag instead of its own corporate flag during the same sex marriage postal vote and up until the results are released. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d473100
WA AIDS Council’s Mark Reid welcomes the move from the City of Vincent to raise the rainbow flag instead of its own corporate flag during the same sex marriage postal vote and up until the results are released. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d473100

CITY of Vincent will be “spreading the love” in support of the LGBTQI community by flying the rainbow flag during the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey.

Council voted unanimously at Tuesday’s meeting to replace its corporate flag at the Leederville administration building and Axford Park for three months.

The rainbow flags will be up until November 22, one week after the survey results are released on November 15.

WA AIDS Council’s Mark Reid welcomed the gesture.

“We have to take the bull by the horns on the ‘yes’ vote, instead of fighting hate with hate,” he said.

“It is abut recognising a commitment between two people and doing it in a respectful way.”

Mr Reid said it was important for community leaders to take a stance.

Mayor Emma Cole, who presented the motion, said Vincent had made its supportive stance for marriage equality since 2012.

“The message is ‘Vincent loves love’,” she said.

“I think we have a powerful role in standing up with our community and saying we do strongly support equality, diversity and human rights.

“It’s not about launching into a political campaign but showing our community that we do celebrate diversity and we do support the LGBTIQ+ community and these symbols are important in what could be a very tough time.”

Councillor Matt Buckels said the gesture was important as the online debate during the survey was “feral” with “nasty comments”.

Cr Jonathan Hallett said visible support was important for LGBTI youth.

“When you are discriminated against and bombarded with stigmatising commentary, even by some members of parliament, it can be a bit rough,” he said.

“That stigma is why one in five LGBTI people report suicidal thoughts; it is not surprising the community has one of the highest suicide rates of any group in the developed world.

“Seeing public symbols like a rainbow flag outside a local government office reminds us that we are not alone.”

Ms Cole said further support would be shown by replacing street banner poles on Scarborough Beach Road, which are often replaced with community messages, with a ‘Vincent Loves Love’ campaign.

“The City will include other symbolic gestures with T-shirts that Vincent staff and councillors can choose to wear, proceeds from staff casual dress Fridays will go to Living Proud, which supports the welfare of the LGBTIQ+ community and a choir made up of LGBTIQ+ singers will perform at our citizenship ceremony on September 13,” she said.

“We could potentially be offering businesses rainbow colours to display in their stores and we will be also looking into doing that in the library.”

The cut off date to enrol or update their details with the Australian Electoral Commission is tomorrow.

A flag raising ceremony will be held at 244 Vincent Street, Leederville at 1pm on Friday.

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