In the wake of the horrific Orlando attacks, and the still prevalent issue of homophobia, Sydney is aiming to review the lighting and safety in areas such as Taylor Square to better protect the LGBT community.
This idea was proposed last month by Councillor Linda Scott, according to a report from GayNewsNetwork.
Linda said: “Everyone has the right to feel safe and free to walk our City’s streets and enjoy our City’s night life without fear of abuse or for their physical safety. Improving lighting in areas experiencing high rates of assault at night has been shown to be an evidence based strategy in reducing incidences of night time assaults.”
“‘I know many still do not feel safe on our city streets. It’s 2016. Hate speech and violence on our streets must stop now.”
This review of safety in areas regularly frequented by LGBTQ+ people is just one of many moves that Sydney is making, in order to support the community in the wake of the Pulse shooting.
Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore, had this to say: “The violent shooting in Orlando Florida is a stark reminder that while much progress has been made for our LGBTI community, we still need to fight prejudice wherever it exists.”
They will also be working with the NSW police to ensure the safety of LGBT people and also LGBT landmarks.