Dictionary of Sydney

The Dictionary of Sydney was archived in 2021.

DIY Rainbow


DIY rainbow is a protest movement that emerged in Sydney in 2013. The campaign involves members of the community creating rainbow pedestrian crossings in chalk to protest the removal of a temporary rainbow crossing from Oxford Street in Sydney, New South Wales. The temporary crossing was created by the City of Sydney as part of the 35th anniversary celebration of the Sydney Mardi Gras. When the crossing was removed local James Brechney chalked a rainbow behind his Surry Hills terrace in protest and the internet activism DIY rainbow campaign emerged. Within days hundreds of rainbows appeared across Sydney, within weeks rainbows were chalked all over Australia and across the globe. The DIY Rainbow Facebook Page now has over 50,000 fans and has morphed into a vehicle for equal rights, particularly for marriage equality in Australia.