New Pride Flag unveiled!
A new public artwork featuring the Progress Pride Flag has been unveiled on the forecourt of the Bendigo Town Hall at the top of Bull Street as a symbol of the City of Greater Bendigo’s support for the local LGBTQIA+ community.
Greater Bendigo has now joined other Councils around Australia such as the City of Sydney and City of Port Phillip to install public street art to celebrate the LGBTIQA+ communities.
City of Greater Bendigo Mayor Cr Andrea Metcalf said the new artwork was installed on Sunday in plenty of time for the Bendigo Pride Festival which takes place from March 18 to April 3, 2022.
“The installation of the Pride Flag artwork is an important acknowledgement of and support for the LGBTQIA+ community,” Cr Metcalf said.
“It also demonstrates that Greater Bendigo is an inclusive and welcoming city and I’m delighted to see it take pride of place in front of the Bendigo Town Hall.
“The new artwork adds to Bendigo’s vibrant street art scene and will become a great selfie spot where people can take images and share them across social media.
“It’s also great to see it installed in plenty of time for the Bendigo Pride Festival who approached the City in February 2021 with the idea of painting a Pride Flag in a high-profile location to coincide with the festival.
“Council was pleased to support the idea because it has long supported a range of LGBTQIA+ days or events of significance. It also aligns with recommendations and actions featured in the Council Plan and the Healthy Greater Bendigo Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan to support our LGBTQIA+ community.
“I think it looks fantastic and will become a very popular attraction in the City Centre.”
The Pride Flag is the third mural to be painted on the Town Hall forecourt since 2017.
The City engaged public art contractor/artist Nacho Station to undertake the installation of the Pride Flag.
Origin of the Pride Flag
The Pride Flag was created by artist and activist Gilbert Baker, who was asked by Harvey Milk, a Councillor in San Francisco and the first openly gay politician in America, to create a positive symbol for the gay community to replace the pink triangle used to mark gay men during the Holocaust.
When Milk was assassinated in 1978, the Pride Flag was adopted as a symbol for action.
In 2017, black and brown stripes were added to the original Pride Flag to acknowledge the indigenous and multicultural members of the LGBT communities.
In 2018 the Progress Pride Flag was made by adapting the 2017 Pride Flag.
The Progress Pride Flag features five arrow-shaped lines, the black and brown colours now form part of the arrow, together with pink, light blue and white, which are also used on the Transgender Pride Flag.