Council to fly flag with pride

Grant District Council will again raise a rainbow flag during November this year after elected members resolved to support an invitation by Adelaide’s Feast Festival. Feast Festival is an international non-profit queer arts and culture event that occurs around the world and celebrates pride and diversity.

In November, a Feast event will occur in Adelaide as one of 11 major festivals in South Australia and as the third largest LGBTIQ+ festival in the country. Grant District Council was invited by Feast general manager Helen Sheldon to continue to fly a rainbow flag during November to coincide with the Feast developed initiative ‘Pridevember’, a month-long celebration of inclusivity and diversity in SA. “Last year 27 councils statewide flew rainbow flags to celebrate diversity and promote greater social well-being for local LGBTIQ+ people and their families,” Ms Sheldon wrote in a letter to council.

“We are once again inviting every council in the state to participate in the Flying the Rainbow Flag – Celebrating Diversity project. “Council’s participation in this initiative will help Feast continue its important role of supporting LGBTIQ+ communities and create a vibrant, fun and safe South Australian Pride experience.”

According to a report by chief executive Darryl Whicker, the council flew a pride flag in 2018 and 2020. Councillor Gavin Clarke moved that council should again support Feast by flying a rainbow flag in November 2021. The report was seconded by Cr. Brad Mann, but with amendments.

With the amendments, council now has a position on flying a rainbow flag and will raise one every November for the duration of Feast Adelaide.

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