London introduces first ever permanent rainbow crossing

The crossing was officially unveiled on August 16


Words: Steve Brown

London has introduced its first ever permanent rainbow crossing.

The new rainbow crossing crosses four lanes of major roads in the Lambeth borough of south London and was officially opened today (August 16) by Councillor Sonia Winifred.

While unveiling the crossing, Cllr Winifred said: “This is a colourful and fun symbol of Lambeth’s inclusivity.

“We’re proud of our LGBT+ community and have a tradition of championing equality and LGBT+ rights – this crossing celebrates that and is a physical example of our bold and progressive thinking. 

“What better time to unveil the rainbow crossing than in the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. We’ve come a long way, and in Lambeth we’re proud to be leading the way.” 

The Mayor of Lambeth, councillor Ibrahim Dogus, said: “Lambeth’s diversity has always been our strength, and we have never been afraid to show it! 

“This crossing is a symbol of the pride we have in our flourishing LGBT+ community and will light up Herne Hill with its message of inclusivity. 

“It is just one of the many ways that we will continue to stand in solidarity with all those who face discrimination in our borough and beyond.”