Rainbow Crossing Comes To Bristol
To coincide with Pride Month and to celebrate the return of Bristol Pride in July, a crossing on Wine Street will be painted as the Pride flag.
A street crossing will be marked with the Pride Progress flag which is inclusive of the transgender community and LGBT+ people of colour. The chevron symbolises a forward movement and that progress still needs to be made.
Daryn Carter MBE, of Bristol Pride said: “We are so excited to be getting a rainbow crossing here in Bristol, it’s a great way to showcase the city’s commitment to equality. Visibility for the LGBT+ community is still an issue and after a year apart, where some people may have felt isolated and disconnected, this crossing will be a positive, unmissable beacon for Bristol as Pride returns to the city, and will be a visible reminder to celebrate diversity in all its forms. Not only will this resonate with the local community, but also send a positive message to visitors as we all keep striving towards creating a better society.”
Bristol’s Mayor at the time of the announcement, Marvin Rees said “Bristol is a city that prides itself on its inclusivity, so I’m very pleased to announce that we’ve decided to mark the start of Pride month this July with a tribute to the LGBT+ community. A street crossing will be marked with the Pride Progress flag which is inclusive of the Trans Community and LGBT+ people of colour.”
Earlier in the year, A Portishead councillor started a petition for a Rainbow Crossing to be painted in Portishead. The petition, started by Cllr Huw James, a gay councillor who represents Portishead South, was launched to coincide with LGBT History Month and is hoping to get a target 750 signatures.
Meanwhile, Swindon’s Rainbow Steps, located near the town’s Wyvern Theatre, which were launched in 2018 are receiving a repair by Swindon Council , helped by Pride Volunteers and will be repainted at a later date.
Gloucester have also recently unveiled their own Rainbow Crossing which is located in City’s Commercial Road.