After a few years of waiting, the colorful crosswalks have returned again in time for pride.
Back in 2015 in order to line up with the city’s “One Human Family” motto, Key West in Florida installed rainbow crosswalks in celebration of LGBTQ+ pride. However, a few years later the city repaved their historic Duval street which caused them to have to break up the crosswalks.
Finally, after a few years of waiting, the colorful crosswalks have returned again in time for pride. These new and improved pathways consist of long, colored stripes that have a white stripe running along the top and bottom edges.
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Key West has made their rainbow crosswalks a permanent feature and we couldn’t feel more warm and fuzzy about it. “The rainbow crosswalks mean that everybody is welcome, everybody is equal, everybody is recognized and that we do really abide by the ‘One Human Family’ spirit,” – Key West Mayor Teri Johnston. #TheFloridaKeys #KeyWest #pride #everyoneisequal #rainbow #pretty #rainbowcrosswalk #pictureperfect #change
As NBC 6 South Florida reported, the workers used heat from propane torches to position and attach the thermoplastic stripes to the street. The new crosswalks are in the city’s entertainment district. After installation, the Key West mayor, Teri Johnson, along with other officials commemorated the new markers with a socially distant ribbon-cutting ceremony in which all participants wore masks.
Johnson stated, “The rainbow crosswalks mean that everybody is welcome, everybody is equal, everybody is recognized, and that we do really abide by the ‘One Human Family’ spirit.”
Key West isn’t the only city to have permanent rainbow crosswalks. According to LGBTQ Nation they can also be found in San Francisco, West Hollywood, Seattle, Philadelphia, and Toronto, amongst other cities. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Key West has had to postpone its pride celebrations until November. However, there are plenty of other large pride celebrations that are going virtual this June thanks to technology.SKM: below-content placeholder