Chalking Up a Storm: Finding the Rainbow Connection

Alternative Law Journal, Vol. 38, No. 3, 2013

Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 13/76

7 Pages Posted: 1 Nov 2013

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Thomas Crofts

The University of Sydney Law School

Date Written: October 28, 2013

Abstract

Chalk rainbows have appeared all over the streets, pavements, public and private spaces of Sydney and across the globe. This initially stemmed from a protest call on social media to replicate the rainbow pedestrian crossing which had been painted across Oxford St in Darlinghurst, Sydney as a temporary feature to mark the 35th anniversary of Mardi Gras. This movement quickly moved from a campaign about retaining a permanent marker of the importance of this space to the LGBQTI community to one about marriage equality. This article explores the background to the DIY rainbow crossing movement and discusses some of the possible legal implications of doing-your-own chalk rainbow crossing.

Keywords: Marriage equality, protests and resistance, graffiti, criminal damage

JEL Classification: K10, K30

Suggested Citation

Crofts, Thomas, Chalking Up a Storm: Finding the Rainbow Connection (October 28, 2013). Alternative Law Journal, Vol. 38, No. 3, 2013; Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 13/76. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2346589

Thomas Crofts (Contact Author)

The University of Sydney Law School ( email )

New Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

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