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Melbourne rainbow tram calls for safe spaces this Midsumma

Tuesday, 14 January 2020


Melbourne rainbow tram calls for safe spaces this Midsumma


Merri Health has unveiled their first rainbow tram in Melbourne in time for the Midsumma festival. 


Celebrating LGBTIQA+ pride, it comes as community health provider Merri Health calls on people to support safe spaces for LGBTIQA+ people for better health.


Inspired by LGBTIQA+ advocate Alison Black, it follows years of discrimination and harassment that left Alison scared to travel alone or access services.


“You can feel the eyes on you because you look different, you move different, you act different.” Alison said.


In response to the idea of a rainbow tram in support of the LGBTIQA+ community, Alison said, “I can imagine quite a few people wanting to use public transport again. I would and I’m somebody who was used to hiding all the time.”


Melbournians are being asked to commit their support by displaying a safe spaces poster or sticker at their worksite or committing their personal support as an ally. Information and materials to support safe spaces for LGBTIQA+ people are available at


Merri Health is a recipient of the 2020 Yarra Trams Community Partnerships Program, which provides $1 million of free advertising value to eight community organisations making a positive impact on diversity and inclusion in Melbourne.


The rainbow tram can be found on routes 48 and 109 until 24 March 2020 and can be seen running along Collins Street in the CBD.

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More information

  • Statistics from Human Rights Face the Facts 2014 show that 6 in 10 people that identify LGBTIQA+ have been a victim of verbal homophobic abuse.

  • The Black Dog Institute report that ‘same-sex attracted people are 14 times more likely to attempt suicide, twice as likely to experience anxiety disorders and three times more likely to experience affective disorders compared with the broader population’.

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