The city of London has become the first place in the United Kingdom to install a permanent rainbow crossing for pedestrians on its streets.
Aiming to show solidarity with the LGBTI+ community the crossing has been installed in the south London borough of Lambeth in Herne Hill, on two crossings outside the entrance to Brockwell Park.
Organisers of the crossing say that its installation signifying equality, diversity and inclusion, with their rainbow crossing comprising of all the colours of the internationally recognised Pride flag, similar to crossings that have been installed in other cities across the world.
Speaking at the launch event last week, which was attended by council officials, activists and members of the LGBTI community, Councillor Sonia Winifred, said that the crossing is a “colourful and fun symbol of Lambeth’s inclusivity.”
“We’re proud of our LGBT+ community and have a tradition of championing equality and LGBT+ rights – this crossing celebrates that and is a physical example of our bold and progressive thinking.”
“What better time to unveil the rainbow crossing than in the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. We’ve come a long way, and in Lambeth we’re proud to be leading the way,” she explained.
The Mayor of Lambeth Cllr Ibrahim Dogus also added that “Lambeth’s diversity has always been our strength, and we have never been afraid to show it!”
“This crossing is a symbol of the pride we have in our flourishing LGBT+ community and will light up Herne Hill with its message of inclusivity.
“It is just one of the many ways that we will continue to stand in solidarity with all those who face discrimination in our borough and beyond.”