A set of crosswalks in West Hollywood
have been painted with rainbow colors to celebrate Gay Pride.
The rainbow-colored crosswalks are
located at the intersection of San Vicente Boulevard and Santa Monica
Boulevard and will remain in place for the entire month of June,
The street mural was completed in time
for this weekend's 42nd annual Los Angeles Gay Pride
Parade, which wends its way from Crescent Heights Boulevard to
Robertson Boulevard down Santa Monica Boulevard.
Los Angeles artist Martin
Duvander proposed the idea to lawmakers. Mayor Jeff Prang and
Councilmember John Duran sponsored the item and City Council gave its
unanimous approval on Monday, June 4.
“It passed with such ease,”
Duvander said. “I thought we would have to fight for it but all
council members including the mayor voted in favor. I was very proud
at that moment to see American democracy in action. To be part of
that process was very exciting and I was honored to be part of it.”
“A gentleman at the City Council
meeting told me that this intersection is a symbol of gay-lesbian
rights. It was there where many demonstrations had gathered. So to
be smack in the middle of it is an honor.”
Duvander added that he hopes painting
the crosswalks rainbow colors will become an annual Gay Pride
tradition in the city.