Care2 Success! Crosswalks Painted in Rainbow and Transgender Pride Colors

Perfectly timed for Pride month, Care2 has some exciting news from our nation’s capital.

Two months ago, Kelly Wright, a transgender resident of the Washington D.C. area, started a campaign to bring more visible support for LGBTQ folks in her community: She asked the city to install rainbow crosswalks and crosswalks featuring the colors of the transgender pride flag.

The idea wasn’t exactly new: San Francisco had introduced its rainbow crosswalks in 2014, with Philadelphia following in 2015.

But no other city has painted crosswalks in the white, pink and blue colors of the transgender pride flag. Washington D.C. is home to the largest percentage of transgender individuals in the U.S., so it was time for the city to step up.

Wright created a Care2 petition asking the city to permanently install crosswalks for Pride month.

“As a transgender individual, I know what it’s like to be fearful to be your authentic self in a society that hasn’t yet accepted folks whose gender experience and presentation doesn’t fit neatly into our cisnormative society,” she wrote in her petition.

She went on:

“One small thing that could be done to signal to one of the most marginalized communities in the country would be to install permanent crosswalks featuring the pink, blue and white transgender pride flag.”

Huge Success!

Almost 13,000 Care2 activists signed Wright’s petition, and on June 9, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser joined Wright in installing the first of 8 LGBTQ pride crosswalks on Washington’s 17th Street NW. 

“We couldn’t be more proud of what we stand for in Washington, D.C., and to kick off the celebration of Capital Pride,” said Bowser.

The following day, the crosswalks were unveiled at a ribbon-cutting ceremony, just hours before the Capital Pride Parade made its way down 17th Street.

A transgender pride crosswalk was also painted. 

The crosswalks won’t be permanent, so there is still more work to do, but this is a huge win.

Care2 members weighed in on this:

“Painting a crosswalk in pride colors is a valuable way to show our LGBTQ community that DC is a safe and welcoming home. It is also a clear and visible challenge to anyone who would promote hate and intolerance. Since violence against Transgender Americans is such a large problem in the United States, we should take the opportunity to show our solidarity with Trans folk,” wrote Micelle S. from Washington on the Care2 petition.

“Trans lives matter! And also, I like the idea of the city that Trump lives in also being the most inclusive, trans-friendly city in the nation,” wrote Hayley M., also from D.C.

Thanks to Kelly Wright’s petition, and the thousands of Care2 members who signed up to support her, Care2 is now responsible for the very first transgender pride crosswalk in the U.S.

A Second Huge Success!

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Photo Credit: SDOT Photos

Several hundred miles south of D.C., in Atlanta, Georgia, another Care2 activist has been busy working to get a midtown intersection painted in rainbow colors, as it was in 2015. 

Sarah Rose, Care2’s LGBTQ Issues Advocate, was determined to make these rainbow crossings permanent and created a petition asking the Atlanta City Council and Mayor Kasim Reed to do just that.

This intersection has become an important gathering place for the city’s LGLTQ’s community, and it was here that a massive vigil took place after the Orlando Pulse shootings happened on June 12, 2016.

Rose has been working hard to promote her petition, which has gathered over 22,000 signatures from Care2 members.

On May 23, her efforts paid off as Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell joined Rose to sign and pledge his support for her petition.

You can watch their interaction here:

On June 12, Rose’s petition became a total success as Mayor Kasim Reed declared that rainbow crosswalks will be permanent at the intersection of Piedmont and 10th Street. With this intersection known as a hub for the LGBTQ community, Reed said, “it’s fitting that such an important and recognizable place should feature the rainbow flag. We must never forget that love defeats hate, and light defeats the darkness.”

Rose is thrilled. “This is an amazing day for Atlanta’s LGBTQ community,” she said. “This Care2 petition was about more than a crosswalk, it was about over 20,000 people coming together to show they exist.”

Elevating The Voices Of The LGBTQ Community

Care2 is so proud to support and elevate the voices of the LGBTQ community.

Congratulations and thank you to Kelly Wright, Sarah Rose and the thousands of Care2 activists who signed their petitions.

Are you inspired by the success of these two petitions? If you have an issue that’s especially important to you, why not join hundreds of your fellow Care2 members and start your own petition? Just follow these guidelines and start making a difference today!

 

Photo Credit: Care2

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