Eleanor Barz explains the rainbows popping up around campus

Over the past week, you have probably noticed the hundreds of chalk rainbows that have been brightening up the streets of Sydney. Part of the DIY Rainbows movement, they were created in protest against the premature removal of the Rainbow Crossing on Oxford Street. The Queer Action Collective did not hesitate to bring this beautiful initiative to Sydney University last Sunday, when dedicated student activists and talented artists alike spent hours decorating Eastern Avenue and City Road. Anyone who has seen the product of our efforts will agree that the sunburn, chalk-induced sneezes, and raw fingertips were definitely worth it. This week’s rain washed many of our rainbows away, but on Thursday QuAC was at it again, and Eastern Avenue is now covered in beautiful drawings once more.

Aside from contributing to a Sydney-wide chalk shortage, QuAC has also been busy celebrating. Earlier this month, the SRC’s submission to the New South Wales Legislative Council’s Inquiry into same sex marriage was published the Parliament of New South Wales website! Of the 10 000 submissions, only 1300 were published. To help us continue the fight for marriage equality, be sure to join us at the next rally, which will be held at 1pm at Town Hall on the 25th of May. See you there!

Of course, QuAC isn’t just about activism. For the first time this year we have united with the Women’s Collective and the USU Queer Events Coordinators to put on a female-focused afternoon tea. This queer-friendly autonomous women’s event is open to anyone who identifies as female or has lived experience as a woman. This Wednesday we will be serving tea, cakes and other (non-alcoholic) refreshments from 4:00 pm at Verge Gallery. Afterwards we will head over to the Hermann’s Bar Lawns for Queer Beers. Kindly organised by QuAC’s Officers of Fun, this very successful fortnightly event usually takes place every other Thursday at 6pm, but has been moved to Wednesday because of ANZAC Day.

QuAC meets in the queer space every Monday and Tuesday at 1pm. If you would like to know more about the collective, please feel free to email either myself or Fahad Ali at queer.officers@src.usyd.edu.au.

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