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idahot2017FINALThe houses of two layers of government (see below), three Brisbane bridges, a casino, Queensland Police Service, Queensland Ambulance Service, and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services will burst with rainbows to commemorate International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) on 17 May 2017.

For the first time for IDAHOT, Queensland Parliament House will join other Brisbane landmarks, and be floodlit in rainbow lights displaying the six colours of the rainbow flag - the international symbol of pride for the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) communities. It's anticipated that approval will be granted for Brisbane City Hall to again host the rainbow flag and rainbow lights - exactly one year to the day since Council voted to support a motion backing legalising marriage equality.
•    Wednesday 17 May: Rainbow flags will fly from Brisbane City Hall (to be confirmed), and the state headquarters of Qld Police Service, Qld Ambulance Service and Qld Fire and Emergency Services.
•    Wednesday 17 May: Rainbow lights will illuminate Queensland Parliament House, Brisbane City Hall (to be confirmed), Story bridge, Victoria bridge, Kurilpa bridge and Treasury casino. (discussions taking place with other Brisbane landmarks for possible further rainbow illuminations)
•    Sunday 21 May: Community Day, followed by memorial ceremony.
(Full details of these events is below)

IDAHOT Is commemorated nationally and internationally to raise awareness of the harm to citizens from living with discrimination and prejudice in the form of homophobia and transphobia. IDAHOT shows support for LGBTI citizens plus carries an important message to the community of inclusion and respect for all people. The date of 17 May was chosen because it was on this day in 1990 that the world Health Organisation removed homosexuality from their Classification of Diseases.
Then, on Sunday 21 May a Community Day will be held from 11 am in Queens Park, Brisbane CBD. This event will feature entertainment, speeches and stalls from government and non-government organisations that either provide support services directly to, or demonstrate awareness and inclusion of, LGBTI people.

Local Aboriginal Elder, Aunty Dawn, will perform a Welcome to Country inviting attendees to share the event and the land with the traditional custodians. It's with great regret, that due to an over-supply of volunteer entertainers for the event, the much appreciated offer of a performance by the Queensland Police Pipes and Drums Band has had to be declined.

For the first time, Queensland Ambulance Service and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) will have stalls promoting inclusion and community safety, joining the Queensland Police Service who will be attending for the second year running. It's anticipated the Police motorcycle will likely join the QFES "Lil Squirt" mini fire engine at the event. Brisbane City Council will again join the many other diverse LGBTI and mainstream organisations hosting a stall showcasing their services.
At 1 pm, at the conclusion of the event in Queens Park, a procession guided by Police will walk the short distance to King George Square to participate in a memorial service led by civil celebrant Gai Lemon. Here we will remember LGBTI people who have died, many by their own hand, as a result of living with homophobia and transphobia. It's hoped that the rainbow flag will again be flying from City Hall, for the second consecutive year, while the memorial service is being held in front of City Hall.
The Sunday Community Day has previously been attended by cross-party politicians from all three levels of government including Brisbane Lord Mayor, Graham Quirk. Politicians are again being invited to attend and meet with attendees this year.

At least six Queensland Councils have flown the rainbow flag previously to commemorate IDAHOT - Ipswich City, Somerset, Brisbane City, Townsville City, Noosa and Scenic Rim Regional Council. It's expected that these Councils will all fly the rainbow flag again this IDAHOT, in addition to other Queensland Councils which may fly the rainbow flag for the first time.
 
The full event details are:

WEDNESDAY 17 MAY:

- All Day - view the rainbow flags flying from Brisbane City Hall (TBC), and the state headquarters of Qld Police Service (Roma St city), Qld Ambulance Service (Kedron) and Qld Fire and Emergency Services (Kedron).
- 5.30 pm - Group viewing of Story bridge lit in rainbow lights, meet at Wilson Outlook Reserve, Cnr Bowen Tce & Kent St New Farm. Then walk as a group to Sydney St ferry and ride the ferry beneath the rainbow Story bridge (camera moment), then on to see the rainbow lights on Qld Parliament House, Brisbane City Hall (TBC), Treasury casino, Victoria bridge and Kuripla bridge.


SUNDAY 21 MAY:

- 11 am - Community Day - Queens Park, George St Brisbane CBD (behind Casino). Entertainment, information stalls, support services. FREE entry
- 1 PM - walk as a group to nearby King George Square. Help carry the folded giant rainbow flag (loaned by Brisbane Pride Festival), from Queens Park to King George Square, where it will be used in the memorial ceremony.
- 1.15 pm - King George Square memorial ceremony, led by Civil Celebrant Gai Lemon, while the rainbow flag is flying from City Hall (TBC).

Media Contact:
•    Phil Browne - 0428 140 359
Convenor, Brisbane Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Intersex and Queer Action Group (BLAG)

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idahot2017FINALThe houses of two layers of government (see below), three Brisbane bridges, a casino, Queensland Police Service, Queensland Ambulance Service, and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services will burst with rainbows to commemorate International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) on 17 May 2017.

For the first time for IDAHOT, Queensland Parliament House will join other Brisbane landmarks, and be floodlit in rainbow lights displaying the six colours of the rainbow flag - the international symbol of pride for the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) communities. It's anticipated that approval will be granted for Brisbane City Hall to again host the rainbow flag and rainbow lights - exactly one year to the day since Council voted to support a motion backing legalising marriage equality.
•    Wednesday 17 May: Rainbow flags will fly from Brisbane City Hall (to be confirmed), and the state headquarters of Qld Police Service, Qld Ambulance Service and Qld Fire and Emergency Services.
•    Wednesday 17 May: Rainbow lights will illuminate Queensland Parliament House, Brisbane City Hall (to be confirmed), Story bridge, Victoria bridge, Kurilpa bridge and Treasury casino. (discussions taking place with other Brisbane landmarks for possible further rainbow illuminations)
•    Sunday 21 May: Community Day, followed by memorial ceremony.
(Full details of these events is below)

IDAHOT Is commemorated nationally and internationally to raise awareness of the harm to citizens from living with discrimination and prejudice in the form of homophobia and transphobia. IDAHOT shows support for LGBTI citizens plus carries an important message to the community of inclusion and respect for all people. The date of 17 May was chosen because it was on this day in 1990 that the world Health Organisation removed homosexuality from their Classification of Diseases.
Then, on Sunday 21 May a Community Day will be held from 11 am in Queens Park, Brisbane CBD. This event will feature entertainment, speeches and stalls from government and non-government organisations that either provide support services directly to, or demonstrate awareness and inclusion of, LGBTI people.

Local Aboriginal Elder, Aunty Dawn, will perform a Welcome to Country inviting attendees to share the event and the land with the traditional custodians. It's with great regret, that due to an over-supply of volunteer entertainers for the event, the much appreciated offer of a performance by the Queensland Police Pipes and Drums Band has had to be declined.

For the first time, Queensland Ambulance Service and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) will have stalls promoting inclusion and community safety, joining the Queensland Police Service who will be attending for the second year running. It's anticipated the Police motorcycle will likely join the QFES "Lil Squirt" mini fire engine at the event. Brisbane City Council will again join the many other diverse LGBTI and mainstream organisations hosting a stall showcasing their services.
At 1 pm, at the conclusion of the event in Queens Park, a procession guided by Police will walk the short distance to King George Square to participate in a memorial service led by civil celebrant Gai Lemon. Here we will remember LGBTI people who have died, many by their own hand, as a result of living with homophobia and transphobia. It's hoped that the rainbow flag will again be flying from City Hall, for the second consecutive year, while the memorial service is being held in front of City Hall.
The Sunday Community Day has previously been attended by cross-party politicians from all three levels of government including Brisbane Lord Mayor, Graham Quirk. Politicians are again being invited to attend and meet with attendees this year.

At least six Queensland Councils have flown the rainbow flag previously to commemorate IDAHOT - Ipswich City, Somerset, Brisbane City, Townsville City, Noosa and Scenic Rim Regional Council. It's expected that these Councils will all fly the rainbow flag again this IDAHOT, in addition to other Queensland Councils which may fly the rainbow flag for the first time.
 
The full event details are:

WEDNESDAY 17 MAY:

- All Day - view the rainbow flags flying from Brisbane City Hall (TBC), and the state headquarters of Qld Police Service (Roma St city), Qld Ambulance Service (Kedron) and Qld Fire and Emergency Services (Kedron).
- 5.30 pm - Group viewing of Story bridge lit in rainbow lights, meet at Wilson Outlook Reserve, Cnr Bowen Tce & Kent St New Farm. Then walk as a group to Sydney St ferry and ride the ferry beneath the rainbow Story bridge (camera moment), then on to see the rainbow lights on Qld Parliament House, Brisbane City Hall (TBC), Treasury casino, Victoria bridge and Kuripla bridge.


SUNDAY 21 MAY:

- 11 am - Community Day - Queens Park, George St Brisbane CBD (behind Casino). Entertainment, information stalls, support services. FREE entry
- 1 PM - walk as a group to nearby King George Square. Help carry the folded giant rainbow flag (loaned by Brisbane Pride Festival), from Queens Park to King George Square, where it will be used in the memorial ceremony.
- 1.15 pm - King George Square memorial ceremony, led by Civil Celebrant Gai Lemon, while the rainbow flag is flying from City Hall (TBC).

Media Contact:
•    Phil Browne - 0428 140 359
Convenor, Brisbane Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Intersex and Queer Action Group (BLAG)

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idahot2017FINALThe houses of two layers of government (see below), three Brisbane bridges, a casino, Queensland Police Service, Queensland Ambulance Service, and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services will burst with rainbows to commemorate International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) on 17 May 2017.

For the first time for IDAHOT, Queensland Parliament House will join other Brisbane landmarks, and be floodlit in rainbow lights displaying the six colours of the rainbow flag - the international symbol of pride for the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) communities. It's anticipated that approval will be granted for Brisbane City Hall to again host the rainbow flag and rainbow lights - exactly one year to the day since Council voted to support a motion backing legalising marriage equality.
•    Wednesday 17 May: Rainbow flags will fly from Brisbane City Hall (to be confirmed), and the state headquarters of Qld Police Service, Qld Ambulance Service and Qld Fire and Emergency Services.
•    Wednesday 17 May: Rainbow lights will illuminate Queensland Parliament House, Brisbane City Hall (to be confirmed), Story bridge, Victoria bridge, Kurilpa bridge and Treasury casino. (discussions taking place with other Brisbane landmarks for possible further rainbow illuminations)
•    Sunday 21 May: Community Day, followed by memorial ceremony.
(Full details of these events is below)

IDAHOT Is commemorated nationally and internationally to raise awareness of the harm to citizens from living with discrimination and prejudice in the form of homophobia and transphobia. IDAHOT shows support for LGBTI citizens plus carries an important message to the community of inclusion and respect for all people. The date of 17 May was chosen because it was on this day in 1990 that the world Health Organisation removed homosexuality from their Classification of Diseases.
Then, on Sunday 21 May a Community Day will be held from 11 am in Queens Park, Brisbane CBD. This event will feature entertainment, speeches and stalls from government and non-government organisations that either provide support services directly to, or demonstrate awareness and inclusion of, LGBTI people.

Local Aboriginal Elder, Aunty Dawn, will perform a Welcome to Country inviting attendees to share the event and the land with the traditional custodians. It's with great regret, that due to an over-supply of volunteer entertainers for the event, the much appreciated offer of a performance by the Queensland Police Pipes and Drums Band has had to be declined.

For the first time, Queensland Ambulance Service and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) will have stalls promoting inclusion and community safety, joining the Queensland Police Service who will be attending for the second year running. It's anticipated the Police motorcycle will likely join the QFES "Lil Squirt" mini fire engine at the event. Brisbane City Council will again join the many other diverse LGBTI and mainstream organisations hosting a stall showcasing their services.
At 1 pm, at the conclusion of the event in Queens Park, a procession guided by Police will walk the short distance to King George Square to participate in a memorial service led by civil celebrant Gai Lemon. Here we will remember LGBTI people who have died, many by their own hand, as a result of living with homophobia and transphobia. It's hoped that the rainbow flag will again be flying from City Hall, for the second consecutive year, while the memorial service is being held in front of City Hall.
The Sunday Community Day has previously been attended by cross-party politicians from all three levels of government including Brisbane Lord Mayor, Graham Quirk. Politicians are again being invited to attend and meet with attendees this year.

At least six Queensland Councils have flown the rainbow flag previously to commemorate IDAHOT - Ipswich City, Somerset, Brisbane City, Townsville City, Noosa and Scenic Rim Regional Council. It's expected that these Councils will all fly the rainbow flag again this IDAHOT, in addition to other Queensland Councils which may fly the rainbow flag for the first time.
 
The full event details are:

WEDNESDAY 17 MAY:

- All Day - view the rainbow flags flying from Brisbane City Hall (TBC), and the state headquarters of Qld Police Service (Roma St city), Qld Ambulance Service (Kedron) and Qld Fire and Emergency Services (Kedron).
- 5.30 pm - Group viewing of Story bridge lit in rainbow lights, meet at Wilson Outlook Reserve, Cnr Bowen Tce & Kent St New Farm. Then walk as a group to Sydney St ferry and ride the ferry beneath the rainbow Story bridge (camera moment), then on to see the rainbow lights on Qld Parliament House, Brisbane City Hall (TBC), Treasury casino, Victoria bridge and Kuripla bridge.


SUNDAY 21 MAY:

- 11 am - Community Day - Queens Park, George St Brisbane CBD (behind Casino). Entertainment, information stalls, support services. FREE entry
- 1 PM - walk as a group to nearby King George Square. Help carry the folded giant rainbow flag (loaned by Brisbane Pride Festival), from Queens Park to King George Square, where it will be used in the memorial ceremony.
- 1.15 pm - King George Square memorial ceremony, led by Civil Celebrant Gai Lemon, while the rainbow flag is flying from City Hall (TBC).

Media Contact:
•    Phil Browne - 0428 140 359
Convenor, Brisbane Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Intersex and Queer Action Group (BLAG)

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idahot2017FINALThe houses of two layers of government (see below), three Brisbane bridges, a casino, Queensland Police Service, Queensland Ambulance Service, and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services will burst with rainbows to commemorate International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) on 17 May 2017.

For the first time for IDAHOT, Queensland Parliament House will join other Brisbane landmarks, and be floodlit in rainbow lights displaying the six colours of the rainbow flag - the international symbol of pride for the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) communities. It's anticipated that approval will be granted for Brisbane City Hall to again host the rainbow flag and rainbow lights - exactly one year to the day since Council voted to support a motion backing legalising marriage equality.
•    Wednesday 17 May: Rainbow flags will fly from Brisbane City Hall (to be confirmed), and the state headquarters of Qld Police Service, Qld Ambulance Service and Qld Fire and Emergency Services.
•    Wednesday 17 May: Rainbow lights will illuminate Queensland Parliament House, Brisbane City Hall (to be confirmed), Story bridge, Victoria bridge, Kurilpa bridge and Treasury casino. (discussions taking place with other Brisbane landmarks for possible further rainbow illuminations)
•    Sunday 21 May: Community Day, followed by memorial ceremony.
(Full details of these events is below)

IDAHOT Is commemorated nationally and internationally to raise awareness of the harm to citizens from living with discrimination and prejudice in the form of homophobia and transphobia. IDAHOT shows support for LGBTI citizens plus carries an important message to the community of inclusion and respect for all people. The date of 17 May was chosen because it was on this day in 1990 that the world Health Organisation removed homosexuality from their Classification of Diseases.
Then, on Sunday 21 May a Community Day will be held from 11 am in Queens Park, Brisbane CBD. This event will feature entertainment, speeches and stalls from government and non-government organisations that either provide support services directly to, or demonstrate awareness and inclusion of, LGBTI people.

Local Aboriginal Elder, Aunty Dawn, will perform a Welcome to Country inviting attendees to share the event and the land with the traditional custodians. It's with great regret, that due to an over-supply of volunteer entertainers for the event, the much appreciated offer of a performance by the Queensland Police Pipes and Drums Band has had to be declined.

For the first time, Queensland Ambulance Service and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) will have stalls promoting inclusion and community safety, joining the Queensland Police Service who will be attending for the second year running. It's anticipated the Police motorcycle will likely join the QFES "Lil Squirt" mini fire engine at the event. Brisbane City Council will again join the many other diverse LGBTI and mainstream organisations hosting a stall showcasing their services.
At 1 pm, at the conclusion of the event in Queens Park, a procession guided by Police will walk the short distance to King George Square to participate in a memorial service led by civil celebrant Gai Lemon. Here we will remember LGBTI people who have died, many by their own hand, as a result of living with homophobia and transphobia. It's hoped that the rainbow flag will again be flying from City Hall, for the second consecutive year, while the memorial service is being held in front of City Hall.
The Sunday Community Day has previously been attended by cross-party politicians from all three levels of government including Brisbane Lord Mayor, Graham Quirk. Politicians are again being invited to attend and meet with attendees this year.

At least six Queensland Councils have flown the rainbow flag previously to commemorate IDAHOT - Ipswich City, Somerset, Brisbane City, Townsville City, Noosa and Scenic Rim Regional Council. It's expected that these Councils will all fly the rainbow flag again this IDAHOT, in addition to other Queensland Councils which may fly the rainbow flag for the first time.
 
The full event details are:

WEDNESDAY 17 MAY:

- All Day - view the rainbow flags flying from Brisbane City Hall (TBC), and the state headquarters of Qld Police Service (Roma St city), Qld Ambulance Service (Kedron) and Qld Fire and Emergency Services (Kedron).
- 5.30 pm - Group viewing of Story bridge lit in rainbow lights, meet at Wilson Outlook Reserve, Cnr Bowen Tce & Kent St New Farm. Then walk as a group to Sydney St ferry and ride the ferry beneath the rainbow Story bridge (camera moment), then on to see the rainbow lights on Qld Parliament House, Brisbane City Hall (TBC), Treasury casino, Victoria bridge and Kuripla bridge.


SUNDAY 21 MAY:

- 11 am - Community Day - Queens Park, George St Brisbane CBD (behind Casino). Entertainment, information stalls, support services. FREE entry
- 1 PM - walk as a group to nearby King George Square. Help carry the folded giant rainbow flag (loaned by Brisbane Pride Festival), from Queens Park to King George Square, where it will be used in the memorial ceremony.
- 1.15 pm - King George Square memorial ceremony, led by Civil Celebrant Gai Lemon, while the rainbow flag is flying from City Hall (TBC).

Media Contact:
•    Phil Browne - 0428 140 359
Convenor, Brisbane Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Intersex and Queer Action Group (BLAG)

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HQ Supports Anti-Discrimination Message in All Communities

idahot2017FINALThe houses of two layers of government (see below), three Brisbane bridges, a casino, Queensland Police Service, Queensland Ambulance Service, and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services will burst with rainbows to commemorate International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) on 17 May 2017.

For the first time for IDAHOT, Queensland Parliament House will join other Brisbane landmarks, and be floodlit in rainbow lights displaying the six colours of the rainbow flag - the international symbol of pride for the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) communities. It's anticipated that approval will be granted for Brisbane City Hall to again host the rainbow flag and rainbow lights - exactly one year to the day since Council voted to support a motion backing legalising marriage equality.
•    Wednesday 17 May: Rainbow flags will fly from Brisbane City Hall (to be confirmed), and the state headquarters of Qld Police Service, Qld Ambulance Service and Qld Fire and Emergency Services.
•    Wednesday 17 May: Rainbow lights will illuminate Queensland Parliament House, Brisbane City Hall (to be confirmed), Story bridge, Victoria bridge, Kurilpa bridge and Treasury casino. (discussions taking place with other Brisbane landmarks for possible further rainbow illuminations)
•    Sunday 21 May: Community Day, followed by memorial ceremony.
(Full details of these events is below)

IDAHOT Is commemorated nationally and internationally to raise awareness of the harm to citizens from living with discrimination and prejudice in the form of homophobia and transphobia. IDAHOT shows support for LGBTI citizens plus carries an important message to the community of inclusion and respect for all people. The date of 17 May was chosen because it was on this day in 1990 that the world Health Organisation removed homosexuality from their Classification of Diseases.
Then, on Sunday 21 May a Community Day will be held from 11 am in Queens Park, Brisbane CBD. This event will feature entertainment, speeches and stalls from government and non-government organisations that either provide support services directly to, or demonstrate awareness and inclusion of, LGBTI people.

Local Aboriginal Elder, Aunty Dawn, will perform a Welcome to Country inviting attendees to share the event and the land with the traditional custodians. It's with great regret, that due to an over-supply of volunteer entertainers for the event, the much appreciated offer of a performance by the Queensland Police Pipes and Drums Band has had to be declined.

For the first time, Queensland Ambulance Service and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) will have stalls promoting inclusion and community safety, joining the Queensland Police Service who will be attending for the second year running. It's anticipated the Police motorcycle will likely join the QFES "Lil Squirt" mini fire engine at the event. Brisbane City Council will again join the many other diverse LGBTI and mainstream organisations hosting a stall showcasing their services.
At 1 pm, at the conclusion of the event in Queens Park, a procession guided by Police will walk the short distance to King George Square to participate in a memorial service led by civil celebrant Gai Lemon. Here we will remember LGBTI people who have died, many by their own hand, as a result of living with homophobia and transphobia. It's hoped that the rainbow flag will again be flying from City Hall, for the second consecutive year, while the memorial service is being held in front of City Hall.
The Sunday Community Day has previously been attended by cross-party politicians from all three levels of government including Brisbane Lord Mayor, Graham Quirk. Politicians are again being invited to attend and meet with attendees this year.

At least six Queensland Councils have flown the rainbow flag previously to commemorate IDAHOT - Ipswich City, Somerset, Brisbane City, Townsville City, Noosa and Scenic Rim Regional Council. It's expected that these Councils will all fly the rainbow flag again this IDAHOT, in addition to other Queensland Councils which may fly the rainbow flag for the first time.
 
The full event details are:

WEDNESDAY 17 MAY:

- All Day - view the rainbow flags flying from Brisbane City Hall (TBC), and the state headquarters of Qld Police Service (Roma St city), Qld Ambulance Service (Kedron) and Qld Fire and Emergency Services (Kedron).
- 5.30 pm - Group viewing of Story bridge lit in rainbow lights, meet at Wilson Outlook Reserve, Cnr Bowen Tce & Kent St New Farm. Then walk as a group to Sydney St ferry and ride the ferry beneath the rainbow Story bridge (camera moment), then on to see the rainbow lights on Qld Parliament House, Brisbane City Hall (TBC), Treasury casino, Victoria bridge and Kuripla bridge.


SUNDAY 21 MAY:

- 11 am - Community Day - Queens Park, George St Brisbane CBD (behind Casino). Entertainment, information stalls, support services. FREE entry
- 1 PM - walk as a group to nearby King George Square. Help carry the folded giant rainbow flag (loaned by Brisbane Pride Festival), from Queens Park to King George Square, where it will be used in the memorial ceremony.
- 1.15 pm - King George Square memorial ceremony, led by Civil Celebrant Gai Lemon, while the rainbow flag is flying from City Hall (TBC).

Media Contact:
•    Phil Browne - 0428 140 359
Convenor, Brisbane Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Intersex and Queer Action Group (BLAG)

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