DIY rainbows spread to Northern Rivers

IN response to last week's removal of the infamous rainbow crossing in Taylor Square, Sydney, activists have taken it upon themselves to keep the rainbow dream alive.

The colourful walkway, painted in the lead-up to this year's Mardi Gras festival, was covered over with asphalt because of safety concerns on Wednesday on the orders of NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay, sparking outrage in the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

BRIGHT BROTHERS: Kinta, 5, and Takoda, 7 of East Ballina and their technicolour rainbow fence.
BRIGHT BROTHERS: Kinta, 5, and Takoda, 7 of East Ballina and their technicolour rainbow fence. Patrick Gorbunovs

DIY crossings are now appearing all across Australia, and even overseas - as far as Narobi, Kenya, as part of a social media-driven protest movement.

DIY rainbows have been chalked up, painted and photographed on streets in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Darwin, Canberra and beyond.

Now smaller towns are getting in on the act, with a DIY rainbow crossing found over the weekend in Ballina.

Ballina woman Kym Tonge and her children Kinta, 5, and Takoda, 7, chalked up their driveway on Sunday together, with a photo of their work doing the rounds on Facebook.

Ms Tonge said they'd heard about the movement from her brother, who lives in Sydney, and decided they wanted to be a part of creating their own symbol to carry on the message.

"I teach my children all about equality and that (sexuality) doesn't matter - you can love anyone," Ms Tonge said.

She said she makes an effort to teach them about inclusion and equality, something she finds important, and this was another part of that.

The DIY rainbow movement reportedly kicked off on Thursday when social media activist James Brechney created a Facebook page aimed at getting people to create their own rainbow crossings - DIY Rainbow Crossings - which has now been flooded with colourful photos bearing works from around the world.


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