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Rainbow crossing, Taylor Square

Rainbow crossing on Oxford Street painted as a symbol of the gay community for the Mardi Gras of 2013. A huge success it was however removed within 2 months because of road safety concerns.

25 Feb 2013
10 Apr 2013

Sydney's Rainbow Crossings

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On 25 February 2013, Sydneysiders woke to a rainbow crossing painted at the intersection of Taylor Square and Oxford Street, Darlinghurst - the starting point of Sydney's first ever Gay Mardi Gras march in 1978. Despite community support for the crossing, it was removed on 10 April sparking a do-it-yourself movement of pop-up rainbow crossings chalked on streets, footpaths and driveways all over Australia.