Saturday, April 13, 2024

Inner West flies progress flag

Sydney’s Inner West Council stood in solidarity with LGBTIQ+ communities as part of Transgender Day of Remembrance on Saturday – a memorial to Trans people who have died as a result of anti-transgender violence.

“We will soon be flying the new Progress Pride Flag which rightly recognises trans, non-binary and gender diverse people in its design,” said Inner West Mayor, Rochelle Porteous.

The Progress Pride Flag was designed by non-binary artist and graphic designer, Daniel Quasar, in 2018.

It incorporates the existing six-colour Rainbow Flag designed by Gilbert Blake, and a chevron that incorporates the white, pink, and blue colours of the Trans Pride Flag designed by Monica Helms to represent trans, non-binary and gender diverse people.

The black and brown stripes represent marginalized people of colour, people living with AIDS, and those no longer living.

“The Progress Pride flag will soon fly from town halls across the Inner West and at the Summer Hill Rainbow Crossing to celebrate the diversity of our LGTBQI+ community, and reflect our commitment to inclusivity,” said Mayor Porteous.

The new flag explicitly recognises Trans community, First Nations peoples, and people of colour as part of LGBTIQ+ communities and sends the clear message that all are welcome here in the Inner West, she said.

“The Trans and First Nations communities are some of the most marginalised people in the Inner West and the Progress Pride flag explicitly recognises and embraces them. It shows Council’s commitment to listening and supporting our diverse community, ‘We’re here for you. All of you,” said Mayor Porteous.

Council will use the Progress Pride flag to be more inclusive and reflect the true diversity of the Inner West, the Mayor said.

The flag will fly at various events including the Sydney Mardi Gras parade.

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