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The original rainbow crossing at Sydney Taylor Square. Image from







DIY rainbow revolution is upon the country. After the move by the NSW Government to remove the rainbow crossing at Sydney’s Taylor Square, people in Australia – and now the world over – started creating their own chalk rainbow crossings on streets, and uploading the pictures to social media.

The rainbow crossing in Taylor Square was originally painted as a part of this year’s Mardi Gras festival and, despite community objections, it was removed two weeks ago.


Undeterred, people have continued sharing their vivid chalk masterpieces in the name of supporting equality, diversity, and love. I personally added a more hirsute contribution to the rainbow revolution. Except not with soluble chalk, and not on the ground.

I now have rainbow hair. (Yes, this is a selfie. Sorry.)

Instead, I now have DIY rainbow hair.

In the interest of full disclosure, ‘do it yourself’ is a misleading phrase, because I most definitely did not do this myself. All credit must go to the world’s most patient hairdresser (who is probably also the world’s best hairdresser, as evidenced by the fact that she often provides cupcakes with EDIBLE GLITTER for me to nibble on while she puts outrageous colours all over my head).

In the gallery below, you will see my transformation from bleach blonde locks, to rainbow tresses. This transformation was anything but instantaneous, and took just about 3 hours.

Warning: many gratuitous selfies ahead.

But my hairdresser’s multi-coloured magnum opus wasn’t the only thing to brighten the Mamamia office this week (she says modestly), because the Mamamia team then took to the streets with chalk.

Click through the gallery for proof of an afternoon well spent, as well as other DIY rainbow crossings from around the country.

Okay, so my hair is not going to change the world. It’s just hair. But the DIY rainbow crossings are not just chalk colours on the ground. They are representative of much, much more.

They represent Australia’s shifting attitudes towards same-sex marriage. They are representative of the vast majority of people in Australia, who are in favour of marriage equality.


People who are tired of laws that discriminate against gay people. Tired of politicians who pander to prejudice and false panic — about a decision that will affect nobody, except the gay couples who decide they want to get married. A decision that will allow two people who love each other to have their relationship legally recognised as equal, and allow them to celebrate that relationship in a wedding ceremony with friends and family. (And if you’re not on board yet, here’s 18 arguments against gay marriage and why they’re STILL bollocks.)

This month, New Zealand legalised same-sex marriage. In February, UK politicians voted ‘yes’ in favour of marriage equality. When you woke up this morning, you would have discovered that France has become the 14th country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage. They legalised same-sex adoption, too.

These do-it-yourself rainbows, drawn on street corners and stone walls and pavements around Australia, show that it’s time for our country to take a step forward. Time for our government to show a little love and compassion; and to be as loving and compassionate as the people they represent. It’s time for our politicians to be brave.

So come on, Julia Gillard. It’s time.

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