Prizm News / December 18, 2018 / By Bob Vitale
Above: Main Street in Dayton. (Prizm photo) Top: A rainbow crosswalk in Atlanta. (Photo by Rainbow Crosswalks via Twitter)

Cities across the world have turned pedestrian crossings into symbols of pride.

 

By Bob Vitale

More than 1,500 people have signed an online petition asking Columbus officials to turn a crosswalk in the Short North into a symbol of LGBTQ pride.

Cities around the world—including Cincinnati and Dayton—have painted pedestrian crosswalks with rainbow stripes. Columbus resident Stephen Salyer, who lives in the Short North, said seeing them in other communities inspired him to push for the same statement in his hometown.

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As of Tuesday afternoon, a total of 1,507 people signed his petition at the website petitions24.com.

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Click here to sign the petition for rainbow crosswalks in Columbus.
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“This is a great idea to show that Columbus is all about equality,” one supporter said.

“As a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community, I would love to see a symbol of pride in one of the most accepting places in the city,” said another.

Salyer said he always feels optimistic when he sees rainbow crosswalks in other cities. To him, they symbolize acceptance of everyone, not just LGBTQ people.

In Columbus, he thinks they also would serve as a tribute to the artists and small-business owners and LGBTQ residents who brought new life to the Short North in the 1980s. He hopes city officials will adopt his idea and

Salyer’s petition identifies two Short North intersections for the crosswalks: N. High Street at 5th Avenue, in front of the newly expanded Stonewall Columbus community center, and N. High Street and Goodale Avenue, at the southern end of the neighborhood.

City officials in Cincinnati added a rainbow crosswalk in August on Vine Street in Over-the-Rhine. Main Street in Downtown Dayton has sported a rainbow crosswalk as well.

 

 

 

Bob Vitale
Bob Vitale is the editor of Prizm. A Toledo native and graduate of Toledo Public Schools, he has worked as a local government and politics reporter for The Columbus Dispatch, as a Washington correspondent for Thomson Newspapers and as editor-in-chief for Outlook Ohio. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science from Ball State University and a master's degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield. Contact: BobVitale@prizmnews.com