WeHo City Council Approves Creating Transgender Flag Crosswalk, Adding Black and Brown Colors to Rainbow Crosswalks

Transgender flag

West Hollywood’s City Council unanimously approved creating a crosswalk painted in the colors of the transgender flag on Monday night and also updating the rainbow crosswalks to add the colors brown and black to symbolize greater inclusivity.

To show its support for the transgender rights movement, the city will select a crosswalk along Santa Monica Boulevard to be painted the pink, blue and white colors of the transgender flag. A specific crosswalk has not been determined yet, but city staffers will make recommendations, based upon input from the Public Facilities Commission, the Transgender Advisory Board and several other boards.

The rainbow crosswalks at Santa Monica and San Vicente boulevards will have their thermoplastic paving markings reapplied, this time adding the colors of the “inclusive rainbow flag.”

In addition to the red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple of the traditional rainbow flag, the inclusive rainbow flag adds the colors brown and black.

First introduced in 2017 as part of Philadelphia’s pride observance, the black and brown colors symbolize LGBTQ people of color who have often felt excluded from the LGBTQ community which they see as being oriented toward white people.

The crosswalk item was part of the Council’s consent calendar, so it was approved without discussion. However, several councilmembers did weigh in on the matter during their councilmember comments.

“As a gay white male of a certain age in this city,” said Councilmember John D’Amico, “I do strongly support this effort to bring new life and new awareness to all the kinds of ways in which we want to make sure people are represented and have a place in our community whether its spoken or painted or written.”

Meanwhile, Councilmember Sepi Shyne noted the symbolic value of adding the black and brown colors, especially during the coronavirus pandemic.

“The reality is, during this pandemic, the mortality rate for black and brown lives is absolutely higher than every other person and it is incumbent upon us as the progressive city that we are to do everything that we can to recognize black and brown lives,” said Shyne.

Councilmember John Erickson, who introduced the crosswalk item, showed the walls of his City Hall office are now painted the eight colors of the inclusive rainbow flag.

Inclusive Rainbow Flag with black and brown colors added

During the public comment period, several people phoned in opposed to adding the black and brown colors. One said the rainbow flag is already all inclusive, so the new colors were not necessary. Another person said the city had more important matters to concern itself with given the coronavirus pandemic and the economic hardships residents and businesses are suffering.

Several others phoned in supportive of adding the black and brown colors.

Resident Marquita Thomas phoned in with a message from her friend Amber Hikes, who created the inclusive rainbow flag. Hikes called the inclusive rainbow flag a “simple symbol to stand in solidarity.”

“The symbols we use, the representations we highlight, matters. It matters to people who have not always seen themselves in West Hollywood and it matters people who would prefer to keep it that way,” read Hikes’ statement.

“Your city and your leaders have for decades been role modeling that its possible that we embrace equity, demand justice and celebrate all of us,” Hikes’ statement continued. “Updating your flag proclaims with everything that black lives more than matter. You’re saying that queer black and brown representation is who we are, that black and brown trans lives are precious and ought to be celebrated, that centering the leadership and voices of those who are impacted is the only way we will arrive at collective liberation.”

The cost to replace the thermoplastic pavement markings of the rainbow crosswalks is estimated to be $85,000. When an intersection is selected for the thermoplastic pavement markings in the colors of the transgender flag, it would likely have a similar cost.

Although many cities now have rainbow colored crosswalks, West Hollywood was the first to adopt them on a permanent basis. Originally intended to be temporary as part of the June 2012 pride celebration, the initial rainbow crosswalks were merely paint on the pavement, done at a cost of $13,000.

However, the rainbow crosswalks quickly proved so popular with both residents and tourists, the city opted to make them permanent. The colored thermoplastic pavement markings were installed in the crosswalks in Oct. 2012 at a cost of $67,000.

Although West Hollywood was the first city to add rainbow crosswalks, it will NOT be the first to add transgender flag colored crosswalks. The city of Almere in the Netherlands added them in 2019, as did Toronto and Chicago.

Transgender flag painted at the intersection of Santa Monica and San Vicente boulevards in June 2020

In June 2020 on the night before the All Black Lives Matter march from Hollywood to West Hollywood, a group of activists that included Erickson (before he was elected to City Council) painted the transgender flag in the middle of the intersection at Santa Monica and San Vicente boulevards.

That painting was done without prior approval from the city, although Mayor Lindsey Horvath was present to witness it happening and apparently arranged for sheriff’s cars to block the intersection and divert traffic while it was being painted. The city removed that paint a few days later because state law forbids anything other than directional markings be painted in an intersection.

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WehoBob
WehoBob
26 days ago

The vast majority of West Hollywood’s population is straight, so where’s the crosswalk saluting football & big-titty girls bouncing on trampolines?

Jeffery aubel
Jeffery aubel
25 days ago
Reply to  WehoBob

Aren’t you just special 🤢

Leo
Leo
26 days ago

Dear Christ, here we go again! Why is this an obsession with West Hollywood City Council? We have grown up issues going on like a pandemic with people dying, losing homes, jobs, hungry. and West Hollywood spends precious time on this bs.

Edd
Edd
27 days ago

Using the pandemic and racial injustice is a lame excuse to use to push a millennial agenda to add black and brown colors to a flag that doesn’t need them. If it isn’t broken why are you trying to fix it?

Earl Eason
Earl Eason
28 days ago

Curious about West HOllywood’s obsession with transgendeer people. The city’s community survey doesn’t show any residents identifying as transgender (33% say they are gay men). There are 10 people on the city’s Transgender Advisory Board. None of them live in West Hollywood. Is this another attention grabbing moment for our City Council? Maybe we should have a “homeless crosswalk” or maybe the Mani Brothers would pay for one commemorating Donald Trump — all red with M A G A in white letters!

Horatio
Horatio
28 days ago
Reply to  Earl Eason

Wow the transphobia really jumped out with this comment. The Wehoville comment sections have really become a place full of misogynistic, sexist, and racist comments. It’s disheartening to see this site filled with so much hate instead of being welcoming or supportive of our fellow residents. Sometimes trans people aren’t comfortable coming out, and relying on one survey doesn’t mean there are no trans people in our community.

greeneyedboy
greeneyedboy
27 days ago
Reply to  Horatio

Amen to that Horatio. Sometimes the Wehoville comments section can be mistaken for the Log Cabin Republican grievance board.

Gimmeabreak
Gimmeabreak
27 days ago
Reply to  Horatio

There has been no misogynistic, sexist, racist, or transphobic comments on WeHoVille.com. The only hate I’ve seen has been towards white people whose politics are right-of-center.

greeneyedboy
greeneyedboy
27 days ago
Reply to  Gimmeabreak

You really want to be oppressed, don’t you? lol

JF1
JF1
27 days ago
Reply to  Gimmeabreak

Yup.

Jeffery aubel
Jeffery aubel
25 days ago
Reply to  Gimmeabreak

🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 white guy victimhood. Oh please.

Gimmeabreak
Gimmeabreak
25 days ago
Reply to  Jeffery aubel

You just made my point.

Gimmeabreak
Gimmeabreak
24 days ago
Reply to  Jeffery aubel

It may surprise you to know I am not white.

You would not give the response you did to a POC; but to a white person it’s okay.

Earl Eason
Earl Eason
27 days ago
Reply to  Horatio

I love my trans friends! I’m just trying to mention the facts. We have more Japanese people than transgender people in West Hollywood. And how about a crosswalk honoring those Asian women trapped in Weho’s sex massage parlors?

Ian
Ian
24 days ago
Reply to  Earl Eason

Touche!

Alan Strasburg
Alan Strasburg
27 days ago
Reply to  Earl Eason

Oh dear! Haven’t you read? The yellers and the screamers from across the region have declared (demanded!) that they, too, are stakeholders in the governance of West Hollywood and that the needs of those who come to West Hollywood as a playground are pari passu with the everyday needs of the 37,000 of us who call West Hollywood home. Sadly, it seems that a likely majority of the current council feel they represent those who can’t vote here. West Hollywood is and should be both a playground and a home, but the fundamental needs of the latter far outweigh the… Read more »

greeneyedboy
greeneyedboy
27 days ago
Reply to  Alan Strasburg

Alan, what needs haven’t been met by the people who call West Hollywood home? Can you please be more specific?

Last edited 27 days ago by greeneyedboy
Alan Strasburg
Alan Strasburg
27 days ago
Reply to  greeneyedboy

Once again, predictably missing the point.

greeneyedboy
greeneyedboy
27 days ago
Reply to  Alan Strasburg

I’m trying to understand your point of view (once again) and you continuously dodge my questions.

It seems like you’d rather type out diatribes instead of having meaningful conversations. Thats fine.

Gimmeabreak
Gimmeabreak
27 days ago
Reply to  greeneyedboy

On other occasions when challenged I have taken the time to research and dig to find the evidence to support my claims which was either indisputable or, at least, compelling, only to find that my challenger still dismisses what I present without presenting his own evidence, but either uses sarcasm, deflection or even humor to avoid an intelligent response. I would have wasted my time and effort on someone who had no intention of considering the merit of my position. So I suggest that Alan Strasburg ignore you. I don’t always agree with him, although I often do, but he… Read more »

greeneyedboy
greeneyedboy
27 days ago
Reply to  Gimmeabreak

“ have taken the time to research and dig to find the evidence to support my claims which was either indisputable or, at least, compelling, only to find that my challenger still dismisses what I present without presenting his own evidence” Weren’t you saying earlier that the city council should just do whatever the comments on this site agree on? And then I pointed out the actual population of West Hollywood compared to commenters on this site and how that’s ludicrous. I certainly don’t remember you commenting with any evidence or statistics to back up your claims in recent memory. How… Read more »

Gimmeabreak
Gimmeabreak
26 days ago
Reply to  greeneyedboy

I remember your comment to Hank about racism being published and I wonder if his response to you was just to appease you. There is a big difference in racIAL comments and racIST ones. Making an observation or a reference about race doesn’t automatically mean it is racist!

greeneyedboy
greeneyedboy
26 days ago
Reply to  Gimmeabreak

1st prize in mental gymnastics.

Alan Strasburg
Alan Strasburg
27 days ago
Reply to  greeneyedboy

Meaningful conversations occur in a group of two or more people, usually in person, or in a forum that provides for some level of nuance found in body language, facial expressions and tone of voice. Yours is banal drivel and henceforth I accept the wise counsel offered below by Gimmeabreak and ignore the ongoing incessant blather.

greeneyedboy
greeneyedboy
27 days ago
Reply to  Alan Strasburg

Another verbose derogatory comment directed at me when I simply said I was trying to understand your point of view.

Happy Holidays, Alan.

JF1
JF1
27 days ago
Reply to  Alan Strasburg

Yes sir. You are SO on point! 👏🏻

WeHo Mary!
WeHo Mary!
28 days ago

Others have alluded to this, but the real issue here is that this was a bad idea to begin with. The existing crosswalk is always filthy, and looks terrible. The fact that you have to use incredibly toxic paint to create this should be a red flag. I thought this city cared about the environment? Speaking of flags…these symbols were intended to be flags anyway. Only our good friends, the aliens, will be able to see these crosswalks from above for maximum impact. Why not create a beautiful and tasteful monument incorporating flags? Flags can be easily seen, easily updated,… Read more »

Branson Carmichael
Branson Carmichael
28 days ago

As a gay man myself, I find it interesting that other LGBTQI individuals have this immense fascination with a flag—which symbolizes nothing but the support an archaic marketing opportunity, brought to you by homophobic’s, by the way—that they would want it painted on a street only to have others walk on, their dogs take a crap on, or will otherwise wear away. Don’t we have enough of this, sadly, in our lives. We don’t need a flag. We don’t need acceptance. We don’t need cheesy reminders to signify our worth. A flag on the roadway, crosswalk, or flags in a… Read more »

WeHo Mary!
WeHo Mary!
28 days ago

Probably the most sane and real comment here.

greeneyedboy
greeneyedboy
28 days ago

Helping elderly people and taking pride in a flag are not mutually exclusive. One can do both!

Steven M
Steven M
28 days ago

Oh fabulous! Now black and brown gays are equal in “rainbow pride“ with blue.. purple..and green gays!

greeneyedboy
greeneyedboy
28 days ago

Isn’t it interesting that this rainbow crosswalk story can attract 40+ comments, yet most of you can’t produce even a peep on the stories covering 0% ICU availability and hospital workers literally having to choose which patients to let die.

Where is your righteous indignation, wehoville readers?

Last edited 28 days ago by greeneyedboy
Ham Shipey
Ham Shipey
28 days ago
Reply to  greeneyedboy

does that make you sad? do comments here save lives? grow up.

greeneyedboy
greeneyedboy
28 days ago
Reply to  Ham Shipey

More empathy from Ham Shipey, ladies and gentlemen.

Edd
Edd
27 days ago
Reply to  greeneyedboy

No, YOU don’t have the right to lecture others on what they should care about. You should spend probably spend some time away from the internet if what others aren’t doing online offends you so much.

JF1
JF1
28 days ago
Reply to  greeneyedboy

Yes, it’s terribly sad. I’m doing everything that I’m told to do.. wear a mask, wash your hands, stay 6’ft apart. I can’t control what other people do. If I could, I’d stop them from spending $85,000 on paint.

greeneyedboy
greeneyedboy
28 days ago
Reply to  JF1

Thank you for protecting yourself and others! 🙏

Jason K
Jason K
28 days ago

why is the rainbow flag crosswalk being made into a racial cross walk. The rainbow flag is for everyone!! There are no skin colors in it.

JF1
JF1
28 days ago
Reply to  Jason K

There wasn’t… but there will soon be.

Last edited 28 days ago by JF1
Vigilant
Vigilant
28 days ago

It is Who you are….not What you are.

Respect for others
is a clear indication of Self-Respect.

Ham Shipey
Ham Shipey
28 days ago

Looking forward…..to seeing the next group that gets a crosswalk. We should continue until all groups are represented and the streets of WH are completely covered in paint.

Then all will feel safe and welcomed. That’s our dream.

greeneyedboy
greeneyedboy
28 days ago
Reply to  Ham Shipey

FYI you don’t need 5 dots for an ellipsis. 3 is the correct amount.

Ham Shipey
Ham Shipey
28 days ago
Reply to  greeneyedboy

great point. you must be in the 1%.

Edd
Edd
27 days ago
Reply to  greeneyedboy

Are you the sympathy/ellipsis police? Give it a rest, you only get to control what you type, not other grown adults.

Ian
Ian
24 days ago
Reply to  Edd

Preach!

Brep
Brep
28 days ago

Oh, let’s get this over with and have every EVERY color on earth painted on the pavement. This is so absurd just like the additional letters added to what was G&L. Why not throw in the entire alphabet? It’s acts like this that may convince long time liberals to re-assess their positions.

Last edited 28 days ago by Brep
greeneyedboy
greeneyedboy
28 days ago
Reply to  Brep

Long time liberal weighing in here:

I love the new crosswalks ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🖤🤎

Ham Shipey
Ham Shipey
28 days ago
Reply to  greeneyedboy

do you feel safe and welcomed now??

JF1
JF1
28 days ago
Reply to  Ham Shipey

Lol

Brep
Brep
28 days ago
Reply to  greeneyedboy

You negkected to include the other 9,999,992 colors one can see.

Last edited 28 days ago by Brep
JF1
JF1
28 days ago
Reply to  Brep

Yup.

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