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Ben spreads message with rainbow symbol

Friday, 19th April, 2013

Hairdresser Ben Nancarrow with his rainbow, symbolising equal rights for the LGBT community. Hairdresser Ben Nancarrow with his rainbow, symbolising equal rights for the LGBT community.

By Erica Visser

Hairdresser Ben Nancarrow proved yesterday he is not over the rainbow.

Mr Nancarrow chalked a symbolic rainbow in front of Cuts N' Co yesterday, joining in a nationwide gay rights movement.

The coloured chalk, which has become a symbol for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) pride has appeared at places such as Sydney's
George Street, after NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay prematurely removed the Mardi Gras rainbow crossing at Oxford Street.

Now the trend has taken off with a Facebook page used to upload shots of "DIY rainbows".

Mr Nancarrow said that he had wanted to take part in the trend for a while and decided to finally put chalk to cement yesterday, with friend Dionne Devlin's encouragement.

His artistic statement was not deliberately corresponding with the legalisation of same-sex marriage in New Zealand, however Mr Nancarrow agreed
it was timely.

"Everyone else has been doing it so I decided to get on the bandwagon," he said.

"It was just good timing."

Mr Nancarrow said that the issue of equal rights for the LGBT community was particularly important in rural areas such as Broken Hill.

"It's about campaigning for the same rights as the rest of the community," he said.

"Yeah of course it's harder being in a country town but in general we do have quite a good little gay community."

Mr Nancarrow said that the artwork appeared a little worn down at the end of the working day; however, he would not be touching it up.

"Yes, scooters have gone over it and there's some little footprints, but I kind of like that," he said.

"People have assumed it's about the movement and some older men have given me suggestions for colours!

"But once it's gone, it's gone."

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