To commemorate the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia on May 17, the Australian city of Brisbane lit up nine of its most famous sites in rainbows.
According to Q News, rainbow flags flew from multiple buildings, including City Hall. The Queensland Performing Arts Centre was among those locations lit up with rainbow lights. Another such venue, the Brisbane Powerhouse, hosted guest speakers and a queer art festival.
A walking tour of all the lit-up sites—from Queensland Parliament to the Story Bridge—was scheduled for the evening, hosted by the Brisbane LGBTIQ Action Group (BLAG).
"Though homosexual acts are now legal in Australia, prejudice and discrimination still exists, resulting in a range of worse health and social outcomes for LGBTI people including alarming rates of mental health conditions and suicide rates," BLAG convenor Phil Browne told Q News. "IDAHOT is a day to break down divisions and remember those who have died as a result of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia, either by their own hand, or by the actions of others."