Oct 11, 2021 - News

Austin gets a rainbow intersection for National Coming Out Day

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Fans of United States wave a Pride flag as they arrive prior to the Summer Series game between United States and Nigeria at Q2 Stadium on June 16, 2021 in Austin, Texas. Photo: Omar Vega/Getty Images

In honor of National Coming Out Day, the Austin Transportation Department will install colorful crosswalks on Monday at the intersection of 4th and Colorado streets.

Why it matters: Oct. 11 marks the 33rd annual celebration of people coming out as LGBTQ+. A new report from Austin's Equity Office found that respondents desire more LGBTQ+-friendly community spaces.

The downtown intersection will close Monday from 3am to 5pm for installation, city officials said.

  • Mayor Steve Adler, City Manager Spencer Cronk, Councilmember Kathie Tovo and other local leaders will hold a 9am event to commemorate the day as crews paint the crosswalks.

The junction is inspired by the Progress Pride flag, which includes black, brown, white, baby blue and pink stripes to represent residents of color, transgender communities and people with HIV/AIDS.

Three nearby utility boxes will be decorated as part of the city's Artbox Program, including one at the intersection decorated with the Progress Pride flag that will display a purple circle inside a yellow triangle to represent the intersex community.


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