Rainbow Streets will Stay in West Hollywood
LA’s WEST HOLLYWOOD has decided it will permanently
keep this year’s Pride month rainbow crosswalks.
The walks span San Vicente
Boulevard at Santa Monica Boulevard, and was voted by the West Hollywood City
Council earlier this week to keep them on permanently. Initially after Gay Pride month, the bricks were to be restored the to their original red color,
but they have proved so popular, they will now be a permanent part of
the popular LGBT destination of the city, in the heart of WeHo Boystown.
reported that Councilmember John Duran said the crosswalks, as well as
the rainbow flags along Santa Monica Boulevard, are important for the
soul of the city. He said while locals may take such things for granted,
visitors do not. “[The crosswalks] are critical to the tourists and
young gay and lesbian people and not-so-young gay and lesbian people who
are passing through … They cannot believe that they actually see a
municipality where the rainbow colors are on display all year long. It
tells them it is a sanctuary. It tells them there is a safe place in
America where the LGBT community is celebrated,” he said.