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Key West Unveils Permanent Rainbow Crosswalks in Time for Pride

Rainbow Crosswalk

Photo: Stock Photos from Linus Strandholm/Shutterstock

While 2020’s Pride Month is looking a little different than usual, many cities across the United States are still finding ways to support and embrace the LGBTQIA+ community. In the past, many cities have painted rainbow flag crosswalks for the occasion, but now one city is getting permanently colorful. Key West has just revealed its new, vibrant crosswalks and they’re here to stay.

The South Florida town was the first in the state to create rainbow crosswalks back in 2015. But when construction a few years ago caused them to be dug up, the city started looking for a new permanent solution. Now, four new crosswalks have just been inaugurated by Mayor Teri Johnston and other city officials.

While the original crosswalks were created by coloring in the empty space between white blocks, the updated versions are a bit more durable. Made from preformed thermoplastic, the long colorful stripes are permanently fixed to the street after being treated with propane torches. Located at the intersection of Duval and Petronia streets, they’re positioned in the heart of Key West’s entertainment district.

The inclusive tribute is in line with Key West’s motto—One Human Family. “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,” says Mayor Johnston.

Rainbow crosswalks first popped up in the United States in 2012, when an intersection in West Hollywood, California was painted to celebrate Pride Month. Since that time, these colorful crosswalks have appeared in many cities, including Minneapolis, St. Louis, Atlanta, and San Diego.

Check out Key West’s new—and permanent—rainbow crosswalks.

h/t: [Mental Floss]

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.

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