This chapter examines the DIY chalk rainbow crossing movement which developed in response to the removal of the rainbow crossing on Oxford Street, Sydney. In particular, it explores why this activity did not attract police attention despite the availability of a range of criminal, public order and road transport offences, and policing powers that could have been used to prosecute and/or move chalk protesters out of regulated spaces, such as roads and intersections, and despite the fact that other similar forms of protest have attracted police attention. It finds that the removal of the crossing, the resultant community disquiet, the widespread take-up of the campaign call, and noted lack of police intervention must be read against the backdrop of two important issues. Firstly, the images on social media of DIY chalk rainbow crossings spreading worldwide evidenced that the crossings had moved from being a localised campaign about removing a signifier of the importance of Oxford Street to the LGBTIQ communities to a widely supported global campaign about equality, particularly the right to marry. As such, rainbow crossings did not pose the perceived harm or threat to the social order that other forms of protest employing public markings are considered to present.
|Title of host publication||Queering Criminology|
|Editors||Angela Dwyer, Matthew Ball, Thomas Crofts|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Number of pages||20|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|