AUSTIN (KXAN) — City leaders celebrated the installation Monday of rainbow-colored crosswalks in downtown Austin for National Coming Out Day.
The City of Austin’s transportation department announced crews will paint the crosswalks at Bettie Naylor (Fourth) and Colorado Streets as rainbows. The colors resemble the Progressive Pride flag, which includes black and brown stripes to represent people of color as well as the baby blue, pink and white found on the transgender flag.
“These crosswalks are an indication of Austin’s spirt of inclusion, unity and acceptance,” Mayor Steve Adler said during a news conference at the intersection Monday morning. “These vibrant colors painted on our streets will stand as a beacon and a symbol of diversity to everyone who lives in and visits Austin. It’s a reminder that this is a city that welcomes and is accepting of everyone regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.”
Following remarks from city leaders, the group cut a rainbow-colored ribbon to open the crosswalks to the public — a new feature that the mayor called “long overdue, but a really welcome sight.”
The city also officially recognized Monday as National Coming Out Day in Austin through a proclamation.
The city shared it will also decorate three utility boxes nearby. The box at the southwest corner of Bettie Naylor and Colorado Streets will feature the Progressive Pride flag and include the purple circle in a yellow triangle to represent the intersex community.
This summer Travis County commissioners agreed to let county government buildings fly the LGBTQ Pride flag during Pride month, which is recognized in June each year.