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Nine prominent Brisbane landmarks will be emblazoned in rainbow lights to commemorate this year’s International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) on May 17.
The day is recognised internationally to raise awareness of discrimination and prejudice experienced by queer people and events are held to spread messages of acceptance and inclusion.
In Brisbane, rainbow flags will fly from Brisbane City Hall as well as the state headquarters of Queensland Police Service, Queensland Ambulance Service and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.May 17 is the date on which the World Health Organization removed homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases in 1990.
In the evening, the Queensland Performing Arts Centre and the Brisbane Powerhouse will be lit up in rainbow lights for the first time.
The Brisbane Powerhouse is holding a free special event that evening featuring guest speakers and a memorial ceremony as the venue begins their annual queer arts festival MELT.
Around Brisbane, Queensland Parliament House, Brisbane City Hall, the Treasury casino, the Story Bridge, Victoria Bridge and Kurilpa Bridge will also be lit up in rainbow lights to mark IDAHOT.
Brisbane LGBTIQ Action Group (BLAG) will host a rainbow lights walking tour through Brisbane that evening, leaving King George Square outside City Hall at 5.15pm sharp.
Walkers will catch the 6.02pm bus from Brisbane City Hall to travel to the Brisbane Powerhouse IDAHOT event. For more details, visit the Facebook page.
“There are many countries, including parts of the Middle East, Africa and Asia, where homosexual acts are illegal. In these countries a conviction leads to up to life imprisonment, and in some countries even the death penalty,” BLAG convenor Phil Browne said.
“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.
“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.
“Together, lets make the world a better place.”
At least five regional Queensland Councils have also previously flown rainbow flags to commemorate IDAHOT – Ipswich City, Somerset, Townsville City, Noosa and Scenic Rim Regional Council.
My album of People and Personalities explores the diversity of those who appear in front f my lens. These images feature portraits of those I have met in community and cultural settings from celebrities to the suburban.
Here is a sample of the people and personalities that hav ebeen on the other side of my lens
This exhibition celebrates Neighbour Day 2017 on 26th March. It features people for whom Boundary Street is a neighbourhood of life, work, relaxation, shopping , celebration, and friendships.
Boundary Street is a neighbourhood that embraces diversity. Shopfronts tell stories of the old and new cultures that have made a home here. Private homes and public space sit side by side. Street signs tell the histo ry of a colonial presence on ancient land of the Jagera and Turrbal peoples
Tony Robertson is a Brisbane photographer whose works in the tradition of social documentary and storytelling. His folio of images includes, political rallies, cultural celebrations and memorials for bereaved communities.
How can photography add to welcome for new and emerging communities in our suburbs? My work and passion take me into festivals, community celebratiosn, religious gatherings and cultural opportunities that allow me to capture faces of diversity.
The publication and sharing of these images is an important project that puts cultural diversity in the public square. The highlight of today's Welcome Fest was the exchamge of greetings and gifts between the First Nations Elders and Leaders. from New Communities in Brisbane.
I love the opportunity to explore our public and private buildings durng this "Open House" weekend. One of the features of St John's Anglican Cathedral is that itis still being completed so each visit unveils a new aspect of the building. By strange conincidence this year both the Catholic and Anglican Cathedrals were wrapped in scaffolding. This provided another persective beyond the neat tourist shots of clean lines and neat landscapes.
The other aspect of religious buildings that makes them fascinating for events like this is that they are living spaces with life happening around and within. On Saturday for example there were two wedding groups at the Cathedral of St Stepehn that provided some colour and pazzaz to my images.
We Walk Together for those who are unable to walk freely from detention centres. We Walk Together for those whose journey to freedom has been thwarted by cruelty and injustice. We Walk Together for people seekiing refuge and asylum who have been demonised and betrayed. We Walk Together to confront the political inertia that leaves people languishing in detention centres. We are the faces of compassion and welcome. We are the voices of justice and human dignity We are the community of welcome and acceptance.
Tempo Caffe Bar 181A Boundary Street, Brisbane, This is a collaboration with Rob Crapnellfeaturing two very different perspectives on Brisbane cityscapes.
This exhibition showcases my images of the city reflected in glass towers. A feature of this collection is a set that presents gothic heritage of St John's and St. Stephen's Cathedrals in a very different view.
My thanks to Michelle Bowden and Warrior Women for their support and the invitation to exhibit.
Exhibition opened 8th of October and continues to the 4th of November. Meet the photographer events
Saturday 15 October 8.30am-9.30am Monday 17 October 12.00pm-1.00pm Wednesday 19 October 8.30am-9.30am Friday 21 October 12.00pm-1.00pm Saturday 22 October 12.00pm-2.00pm