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Sydney's Pride Flag Is Here To Stay

City of Sydney council has decided to keep the $52,000 structure.

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The City of Sydney Council has agreed that the pride flag currently flying in the prominent LGBT suburb of Darlinghurst should be a permanent fixture.

LOOK: Sydney's giant new #rainbow flag, fluttering over Taylor Square.

The $52,000 structure, located in Taylor Square, was erected in October last year as a temporary monument to Sydney's LGBT community.

The flag was initially intended to fly until a permanent artwork was installed in 2018 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

However, on Monday night, Liberal councillor and out lesbian Christine Forster, who has pushed for a permanent LGBT marker in the area over recent years, put forward a proposal for the flag to stay.

Tonight I am asking City of Sydney to make the rainbow flag in Taylor Square permanent #nswpol

Good news, the rainbow flag will stay in Taylor Square!

There has been much debate over such a marker for Sydney, with the #DIYRainbow campaign emerging in protest after a temporary "rainbow crossing" for Mardi Gras was removed in 2013.

Newtown grafitti / Flickr: newtown_grafitti / Creative Commons

Sydney now joins cities around the world with permanent fixtures, including Melbourne's rainbow footpath, San Francisco's Castro Street pride flag and gay liberation statues in New York City's Christopher Park.

Statues in Christopher Park.
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Statues in Christopher Park.

H/T @StarObserver