City to Discuss Installation of Transgender Flag Crosswalks and Adding Black / Brown Stripes to Rainbow Crosswalks

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The West Hollywood city council will consider directing staff to study the permanent installation of transgender flag crosswalks located at a prominent intersection along Santa Monica Boulevard. The item initiated by council members John Erickson and Sepi Shyne also wants City Staff to gather feedback about the re-installation of the rainbow crosswalk and adding black and brown stripes so that the rainbow crosswalks are inclusive to all communities.

Staff will be asked to seek feedback from relevant commissions and advisory boards, including the Transportation Commission, the Transgender Advisory Board, and the Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board, to identify a crosswalk location. The discussion is set to take place at a regular city council meeting scheduled for Monday, December 21, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. in a teleconference format.

In 2012, the City of West Hollywood permanently installed rainbow colors over the existing
red brick decorative crosswalks located on San Vicente Boulevard at Santa Monica
Boulevard. The landmark rainbow crosswalks emphasize the core branding of West
Hollywood and are a symbol of the City’s history as a place of tolerance and acceptance
for the LGBTQ community. The rainbow crosswalks are in the heart of one of the most
iconic areas for the LGBTQ community and are a creative and unique gateway to LGBTQ
activities in West Hollywood. The rainbow crosswalks have been replicated in numerous
other cities. Installing the transgender flag colors in crosswalks located at a prominent intersection along Santa Monica Boulevard, similar to the rainbow crosswalks would call attention to  the City’s support for transgender rights and be inclusive of the transgender community.

A transgender flag mural was painted between the two rainbow crosswalks at the intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and San Vicente Boulevard ahead of the All Black Lives Matter March this past June. The City did not sponsor or approve the march. The same goes for the transgender flag mural, which was painted without a vote, a permit, or approval from the City Manager or West Hollywood City council. John Erickson joined trans activists and community members in the painting of the mural, which became a subject of debate this past summer. There were questions on the City’s stand on trans rights, whether a trans crosswalk should be erected somewhere in the city and why some felt the mural was a defacement of City property.

Mayor Lindsey Horvath was criticized for making an an appearance during the painting of the mural while West Hollywood sheriff’s created road blocks and directed traffic to keep the muralists safe.

Former council member John Duran argued that adding a transgender flag opens the city to have other groups demand representation. An example he used was that a group could request a confederate flag to go up on Santa Monica Boulevard.

In the study of the installation of the transgender flag colors, there are several factors staff
should take into consideration. The intersection chosen should be close to the rainbow
flag crosswalk or provide some cultural significance. Logistically, the colors of the flag
(light blue, pink, and white are much lighter than the rainbow flag and
may need more regular reapplication or cleaning. The City will need to consider traffic
safety and traffic counts in determining which intersection to use in order to protect
pedestrians and drivers and extend the lifespan of the new crosswalks. These factors
should also be presented to the various commissions and advisory boards mentioned
previously and considered during their discussions related to the topic.

The item states that the cost for the transgender flag crosswalks will depend on the intersection chosen, the type of application used, and the more frequent replacement and cleaning requirements of the lighter colors. The estimated cost for the replacement of the rainbow crosswalk is $85,000 based on the current configuration and location, which is budgeted in the Facilities & Field Services Division budget.

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Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at
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1 year ago

I’m not against a transgender crosswalk. It will have its challenges keeping it clean, but adding skin colors to the rainbow crosswalk is a bad idea. Each color in the LGBT rainbow flag has a different meaning:

  • Red = Life
  • Orange = Healing
  • Yellow = Sun
  • Green = Nature
  • Royal Blue = Harmony
  • Violet = Spirit

It used to have a pink stripe, which meant sexuality, but was removed because the color was hard to produce. Adding skin color to represent a specific group is in itself non-inclusive to other skin colors. Bad bad idea.

Jason K
Jason K
1 year ago

This BS the rainbow has no skin colors in it and has always represented everyone.

1 year ago

A fine example of PC bullsh*t that cost us 4 years of Trump and his horrible policies. This is why they call us snowflakes. We all pay the price for every sorry person that didn’t feel loved by their mamas. Now we have to cater to them at the cost of tax payer money during a pandemic. I’m not surprised by this shameless pandering to POC and the trans community by our new council members. Also, what is the point of a discussion? Just sign and seal the check already and let’s move forward to more pressing matters like opening… Read more »

1 year ago

I agree with carniv4. This is a total waste of our tax money. The whole idea behind the RAINBOW motif is that is encompasses ALL colors and everyone! There is no “white” stripe. It’s not mean to call out any one race, but to include ALL. And now we have to cater to every single person that feels left out. Duran was right, we’ll have every group demanding representation and their own stripe on the boulevard. Everyone wants to feel special. Why not just paint the entire Blvd every color in the Crayola Crayon box so EVERYONE is happy and… Read more »

1 year ago

This is where our taxpayer money is going? Shyne and Erickson are off to a great start. not

1 year ago

The rainbow is all inclusive. Last I checked black and brown and white and pink and baby blue are not colors in the rainbow. If they add those they should stop calling it the rainbow cross walk. Change the name like you changed boys town.