By Paul Kurtz
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Members of Philadelphia’s LGBT community are teaming up with the City of Philadelphia to bring the colors of the iconic rainbow flag to a pair of major intersections in the “gayborhood” — the acknowledged center of Philadelphia’s gay community.
Chuck Volz, of Philly Pride Presents, says paint crews will begin work in mid-June at 12th and Locust, and at 13th and Locust Streets.
“It’ll be a six-color rainbow, lengthwise crossing from one corner to the other, so there’ll be four crosswalks at each intersection,” he explains.
The Philadelphia Streets Department will do the painting, and Philly Pride will be responsible for the upkeep.
Volz says the multicolored crosswalks will be similar to those in other big cities in the United States and Canada.
“Hopefully, it’ll be a focal point,” he says. “It’ll be a meeting place, something that everybody is going to have to see. It’ll be pretty bright.”
The project is expected to be completed by July 4th, with a dedication ceremony for the crosswalks planned for the following day, July 5th.