Several American cities recently approved the creation of rainbow crosswalks to celebrate “LGBTQ pride,” and homosexual advocacy groups are circulating petitions to request that more cities paint their crosswalks with the “diversity” stripes.
Houston, Texas, Atlanta, Georgia and Washington, D.C. created rainbow crosswalks to coincide with their June homosexual pride events. In Atlanta, the display will be permanent.
“I believe that symbols of unity matter,” Mayor Kasim Reed said in a statement. “In recognition of the outstanding and ongoing contributions of Atlanta’s LGBTQ community to our city, I am pleased to announce today that the city will install the rainbow crosswalks at the intersection of Piedmont Avenue and 10th Street year-round.”
“This intersection in Midtown is recognized for its history as a hub for Atlanta’s LGBTQ community, and it is fitting that such an important and recognizable place should feature the rainbow flag,” he remarked. “We must never forget that love defeats hate, and light defeats the darkness.”
In Houston, friends of a man who was killed in a hit-and-run in the city requested permission to paint the crosswalk at Westheimer Road and Taft Street in rainbow stripes.
“While this project was initially requested by friends of Alex Hill, the idea behind the crosswalk is to also honor the support and friendship many find in Houston’s LGBT community,” Matthew Brollier, one of the men behind the effort, told KPRC-TV.
“The hope is that the crosswalk serves as a marker of encouragement to all Houstonians and visitors in recognizing the city as a welcoming place, open to all people, and one that celebrates its diversity, with a nod to the neighborhood’s place in Houston’s LGBT history,” he said.
And in Washington, D.C., the Department of Transportation (DDOT) approved a request to paint a rainbow crosswalk at 17th Street NW to celebrate “LGBT Pride Month” and to coincide with the city’s pride parade.
A number of other cities already have permanent striped crosswalks in certain so-called “gayborhoods,” including in San Francisco (2014), West Hollywood (2012), Philadelphia (2015), Seattle (2015) and Miami Beach (2016).
Homosexual advocacy groups are pushing for crosswalks to now also be painted in New York City, Chicago, Fort Lauderdale and Milwaukee, circulating petitions calling for the pavement rainbow designs as a show of solidarity with homosexual residents.
“This is one small thing that could be done to signal to one of the most marginalized communities in the country that we are here for them, we see them, and we support them,” reads one of the petitions.
However, not everyone thinks the crosswalks are a good idea, and some find it to be one more means of openly and unashamedly celebrating sin.
“You know, I don’t have a problem with your sexuality, but when you start pushing it down our throats, that’s when it [upsets me],” one commenter wrote.
“Personally, the painting of crosswalks is stupid as we don’t paint them for all the other events in our communities. If we truly want equality we need to stop placing people or groups above each other,” another opined.
“So then I guess it’s okay to have crosses for a crosswalk. Just saying,” a third remarked.
“And this is what your tax dollars go to. When the Lord comes, there is no rainbow in Hell,” another stated.