DC Mayor Installs Permanent Pride Crosswalk In DC Including POC and Trans Stripes

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Submitted by Take Out on Fri, 06/26/2020 - 15:39

A permanent Pride crosswalk was installed at the corner of 17th and P Streets NW near Dupont Circle on Thursday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Pride Month.

June is Pride Month across the country, but instead of the usual parades and parties more symbolic gestures are being done. 

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced on Tuesday that the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will install the rainbow-colored bands to "serve as a reminder of our D.C. values of promoting inclusivity and equality for all our residents."

“Particularly on the heels of last week’s historic Supreme Court decision, DC will continue to be on the front lines in defending and promoting the rights of our LGBTQ community," Mayor Bowser said in a statement.

The District says that the design will be updated to incorporate the representation of transgender and LGBTQ people of color.

“This installation honors the District’s LGBTQ community and the rich history and diversity of our city,” DDOT Director Jeff Marootian said in a statement.

"We are thrilled to support Mayor Bowser in commemorating this very special occasion and adding more art to public space."

DDOT installed the crosswalk at 9:00 a.m. Thursday and DDOT says they will be doing similar installations at more intersections along 17th Street NW this summer.