During LGBT Pride Month in June, the crosswalks spanning the intersection of San Vicente and Santa Monica boulevards in the heart of West Hollywood were transformed from brick red to the colors of the rainbow flag that symbolizes gay pride.
Now the transformation will be permanent.
The West Hollywood City Council voted this week to keep the rainbow crosswalks in the section of the city known as Boystown where such popular spots as The Abbey attract tourists and locals alike.
‘[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 from Iowa or Montana or Kansas,’ Councilman John Duran tells West Hollywood Patch. ‘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.’
West Hollywood was incorporated as a city in November 1984 and has a population of just under 35,000. Forty-one percent of the city’s population is made up of gay or bisexual men, according to a 2002 demographic analysis.