Philadelphia 'Gayborhood' Gets Rainbow Crosswalks

Move will show tourists city is LGBT-friendly, tourist rep says
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 26, 2015 5:02 PM CDT
A woman walks past a rainbow crosswalk in support of the LGBT community at the intersection of 13th and Locust streets, Thursday, June 25, 2015, in Philadelphia.    (Matt Slocum)
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(Newser) – In a move that had been planned for some time before today's historic Supreme Court ruling, rainbow-colored crosswalks have been painted in a gay neighborhood of Philadelphia known as the Gayborhood. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the walkways made up of six red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet stripes, which appeared yesterday morning, are in support of the city's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.

Independence Visitor Center employee Albert Lee says the crosswalks show tourists that Philadelphia is a gay-friendly city. The rainbow crosswalks will be dedicated at the Annual Reminders Block Party on July 5 honoring the 50th anniversary of the first wave of US LGBT rights group demonstrations. (Click for the best Twitter reactions to today's gay marriage ruling.)

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