For the first time, a permanent rainbow crossing in solidarity with the LGBT community has been installed on a street in London.
The crossing, which is actually four separate rainbow crossings, has been installed in Herne Hill, on two crossings outside the entrance to Brockwell Park; on the junctions of Dulwich Road with Railton Road, and Norwood Road with Dulwich Road, in Lambeth, a south London borough.
Councillor Sonia Winifred, Lambeth cabinet member for Equalities and Culture, said: “This is a colourful and fun symbol of Lambeth’s inclusivity. We’re proud of our LGBT community and have a tradition of championing equality and LGBT rights. This crossing celebrates that and is a physical example of our bold and progressive thinking.
The Mayor of Lambeth, councillor Ibrahim Dogus, said: “Lambeth’s diversity has always been our strength, and we have never been afraid to show it! This crossing is a symbol of the pride we have in our flourishing LGBT community and will light up Herne Hill with its message of inclusivity."
“Walk the Rainbow” messaging is planned to appear across Lambeth, guiding people to the Herne Hill gate at Brockwell Park to check out the crossing, with people being invited to share images on social media with the hashtags #WeAreLambeth and #HerneHillRainbow.