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New Push To Put ‘Rainbow Crosswalks’ On Capitol Hill

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local backers hope to have a crosswalk similar to this one in Tel Aviv (Photo credit JACK GUEZ/AFP/GettyImages)

local backers hope to have a crosswalk similar to this one in Tel Aviv (Photo credit JACK GUEZ/AFP/GettyImages)

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(CBS Seattle) - Less than a month removed from gay marriage being legalized in Washington state, activist group Social Outreach Seattle says it is moving forward with a plan to bring rainbow crosswalks to Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.

The Rainbow Crosswalk project is aimed to recognize the gay community’s presence and power on a daily basis, according to the group, who referred to area of the project as the Capitol Hill “gayborhood.”

On Social Outreach Seattle’s website, patrons can vote or suggest where the rainbow crosswalks could go — including popular intersections like Pike and Broadway.

Seattle Gay News reported the project was modeled after West Hollywood’s decision to make a rainbow-painted crosswalk at San Vicente and Santa Monica boulevards. City officials in West Hollywood say the crosswalks are critical to the tourists and young gay and lesbian people. West Hollywood City Council member John Duran told Seattle Gay News the crosswalks tell visitors “there is a safe place in America where the LBGT community is celebrated.

According to the West Hollywood Patch website, the installation and annual maintenance for the crosswalks will cost around $67,000.

So far in the early workings of the local project, only Seattle City Council members Tom Rassmussen and Sally Clark have addressed and support the idea, according to Seattle Gay News.

 

 

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