Geelong Trades Hall raises rainbow flag

On June 27, Geelong Trades Hall Secretary Colin Vernon along with other union and community activists raised the rainbow flag at Trades  Hall in support of marriage equality.

The council is supporting the LGBTI community and Surf Coast Shire residents who have been campaigning to keep the flag flying at their local council building since council backtracked on a position it took in April.

In May, the Surf Coast Shire council decided to reverse its decision to fly the rainbow flag until federal Parliament legalised equal marriage. Community members organised to voice their disagreement. Vernon said: "Geelong Trades Hall Council stands together with the community and the Surf Coast Shire. Councils today have a responsibility to the community more than ever. The days of only focusing on rates and rubbish are over. Local councils must be the voices for the community, that's why we're raising the flag today."

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Geelong Trades Hall Council proudly flying the rainbow flag. Photo: Sarah Hathway
GTHC secretary Colin Vernon (left) with marriage equality campaigners. Photo: Tom Martin