Almost 44 years ago, this photo graced the cover of The Beatles Abbey Road album.
Since that albums release countless tourists and fans have made the pilgrimage to the St John's Wood crossing to have their picture taken on it.
In a time of war, they sang for peace. Many sang along with them, regardless of Government policy, it's war in Vietnam and race riots, (including my parents, whom often went into long winded and excruciating detail when explaining the meaning behind every lyric The Beatles ever sang) but the point is, the message was delivered. The masses agreed.
John Lennon’s Aunt Mimi was once quoted saying to Lennon, that "his guitar was great, but he would never make a living from it."
I'm so glad he didn't listen. The Beatles went on to change the world.
In 2009 Westminster Council, alarmed by the increasing number of traffic incidents on the crossing due to increased sightseeing, began talk of removing the crossing all together.
It was met with such outrage that talk soon began of just simply moving the crossing.
Beatles fans however, were already taking parody photos on crossings north of the famous and iconic crossing, because it didn't much matter what crossing in Abbey Road it was, the meaning behind it was the same.
The crossing was no longer just a crossing, it was a message.
“And, in the end
The love you take
Is equal to the love you make.”
Paul McCartney. The End 1969.
In 2013 the Oxford Street crossing in Sydney became a rainbow, to celebrate 35 years of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.
In 2013 Bands are singing lyrics of same love, the majority of Australians sing along with them, saddened that after 35 years that the Australian Government are making rules and regulations on who is entitled to love who.
Countless people flocked to this crossing to have their picture taken. Countless people who support a human beings decision to love whomever they love, without fear of ramification or isolation.
Roads Minister Duncan Gay ordered the removal of the crossing, at the cost of $30000, citing traffic and pedestrian safety and the fact that drunken people might lie on it.
I can't help but feel that the $30000 spent digging it up might be better spent improving street patrols and security, and not spent removing a very visual reminder of the massive support behind Legalising gay marriage.
I say it doesn't matter what crossing it is, where the crossing is or who put it there, the message is the same.
Tomorrow I am off to buy some coloured chalk and I will begin the school holidays by painting my own rainbow crossing with my children in my driveway, and I will take my picture on it.
It is no longer a crossing it's a message.
They can remove the Oxford Street crossing, stating any ridiculous excuse they like. The masses have already agreed.
What the government is saying is not unlike Lennon's Aunt Mimi's quote. ‘being gay is great, but you will never get married'
I'm so glad we are not listening; because we can go on to change the world.
For Duncan Gay might not care too much for money.Money can't buy me love.