At Interchange Outer East (IOE) our email signatures display flags as an indication of support and welcome to those Australian people in our community whom have been systemically disadvantaged by the laws of the country, and traditionally by the attitudes and prejudices of others in the community.
By displaying the flags, it indicates to people that IOE acknowledges the challenges people face in seeking supports and services and is welcoming and willing to work together to meet their individual needs.
We choose to recognise and pay respect to Australia’s First Nations people – Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders. We also choose to display three pride flags in order to send a message that at IOE, we strive to build a safe and welcoming environment for all. We do this through education, discussion, planning and policy. We welcome any opportunity to learn from diverse groups about how we can better support them within IOE and into the wider community.
FIRST NATIONS FLAGS
I’ve got a symbol that represents me and who I am, whether I live in Redfern or Adelaide or Perth. I’m proud of it.– Harold Thomas
Torres Straight Islander Flag
To many these flags may seem insignificant or merely a bright window covering, but for members of the LGBTQIA+ community these flags mean much more! You may hardly notice them, but having these flags displayed around organisations like IOE allows queer people to take a breath and let their guard down as they know they are entering a safe space.– Jesse Baker, IOE LGBTQIA+ Development Officer