New rainbow crosswalks support Philadelphia’s LGBT community

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. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Rainbow crosswalks have been painted at crosswalks in the section of Philadelphia known as the Gayborhood.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the walkways made up of six horizontal red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet stripes are in support of Philadelphia’s LGBT community.

The crosswalks appeared overnight into Thursday morning but backers say they were planned for some time.

Philly Pride Presents senior adviser Chuck Volz says the crosswalks were completed at a cost far less than the initial $26,000 estimate.

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 U.S. LGBT-rights group demonstrations.

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