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Houston: We Have The State’s Only Gay Pride Rainbow Crosswalk

The new crosswalk at Westheimer and Taft highlights both pride and public safety.

  • Neighbor Roy Green photographs the rainbow crosswalk.  (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter )
    Neighbor Roy Green photographs the rainbow crosswalk. (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter )
  • A METRO bus and a pedestrian at the rainbow crosswalk in Montrose. (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter/Houston Public Media)
    A METRO bus and a pedestrian at the rainbow crosswalk in Montrose. (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter/Houston Public Media)
  • Portrait of Alex Hill at the rainbow crosswalk. The 21-year-old man was killed in a hit and run crash in 2016. (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter )
    Portrait of Alex Hill at the rainbow crosswalk. The 21-year-old man was killed in a hit and run crash in 2016. (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter )
  • Utility box features portrait of Alex Hill, who was struck and killed at the intersection in 2016. (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter)
    Utility box features portrait of Alex Hill, who was struck and killed at the intersection in 2016. (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter)
  • Rainbow crosswalk at Westheimer and Taft.  (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter)
    Rainbow crosswalk at Westheimer and Taft. (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter)
  • New rainbow crosswalk at Westheimer and Taft.  (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter )
    New rainbow crosswalk at Westheimer and Taft. (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter )
  • The rainbow crosswalk was funded by the group Pride Houston.  (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter )
    The rainbow crosswalk was funded by the group Pride Houston. (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter )

Longtime Montrose resident Roy Green was one of those snapping photos of the new crosswalk, four strips of rainbow ribbon designed to get walkers and cyclists safely across the street.

"It's all great," says Green. "Because not only does it add pride and emotional value to the neighborhood, it adds physical value to the property in the neighborhood as well."

Montrose has long been a center of Houston's LGBT community. The new crosswalk was funded by the group Pride Houston, not just to highlight the neighborhood's history but also to call attention to public safety. A nearby utility box is painted with the image of 21-year-old Alex Hill, who was killed by a hit-and-run driver at Westheimer and Taft in 2016.

Green says he'd like to see more colorful crosswalks.

"I would just love to see intersections, crosswalks, painted with just art whether it's the rainbow flag or not," adds Green.

The rainbow crosswalk was unveiled ahead of this coming weekend's Pride parade. The event was held for many years in Montrose before it moved downtown.

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

News Anchor

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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