With victory on marriage equality, new LGBTQ group Social Outreach Seattle is moving forward on its plans to bring symbols of the gay community’s presence — and power — into the day-to-day around the city and, especially, in the Capitol Hill “gayborhood.”
Here’s what the Seattle Gay News had to say about the Rainbow Crosswalk Project earlier this year:
What does Capitol Hill already have, if anything, that gives the community pride? Perhaps Cal Anderson Park, practically every Hill resident’s home away from home during the summer months, named after the city’s first openly Gay legislator? Absolutely. Shit, it makes me proud. But is it really visible enough? Do the young people who frequent the park grounds even know who Cal Anderson was? There’s no statue of him there, only a small plaque that most people have probably never noticed before.
The proposal: Mark crosswalks at a core Capitol Hill intersection in rainbow colors at a cost of somewhere around $8,000. The project would echo a similar effort in West Hollywood and organizers say custom crosswalks elsewhere in Wallingford and West Seattle provide a local precedent that the project can be done safely and efficiently.
Organizers from Social Outreach Seattle are moving forward with the plan and are now turning to the community to ask which intersection should get the treatment. Here are suggestions organizers have already heard, according to SGN:
Broadway & John, Broadway & Denny, Broadway & Pike, Broadway & Pine, by the Broadway Market, by The Grill on Broadway, and by the new Capitol Hill light-rail station. One respondent said, ‘Just do the whole street of Broadway.’ Another suggested doing the ends of Broadway as a sort of territory marker.
You can weigh in on the project Facebook page facebook.com/SeattleRainbowCrosswalk.