One particular intersection in a Florida city has become perhaps the most colorful crossway amid its gray streets. In Key West, newly-installed rainbow crosswalks supporting LGBT rights brightened up the intersection between Duval and Petronia Streets on Thursday, when it opened to traffic.
Aptly situated at the heart of the city's LGBT entertainment district, the crosswalks feature bands of all six colors of the rainbow flag that have come to be an international symbol of gay pride and unity. According to a press release by the Florida Keys New Bureau, the island's Mayor Craig Cates said:
"Key West is very happy to be putting in the first thermoplastic permanent rainbow crosswalks in the state of Florida. It means so much to Key West to show our diversity, and also it goes perfectly with our 'One Human Family' motto.
Accepting diversity has been going on for generations in Key West... Everybody learned to live together, accept one another, so that has continued on through generations and is very evident today."
The installation of the rainbow crosswalks was spearheaded by the city and the Key West Business Guild, the press release stated. The Key West island has a long-standing reputation as one of the leading LGBT travel destinations worldwide.
Though the crosswalks were open to traffic on Thursday, their official debut is set for June 10, kicking off the four-day long Key West Pride celebration.