Houston’s Vibrant LGBTQ+ Community Of Montrose Gets The First Rainbow Crosswalk In Texas Just In Time For Pride.
(HOUSTON) — Pride Houston, Inc. has unveiled the state’s first ever plans for a Rainbow LGBTQ+ crosswalk. The installation will be located at the intersection of Westheimer Road and Taft Street. Located in Houston’s vibrate LGBTQ+ community of Montrose, the project is slated for completion by June 24.
The intersection chosen by a volunteer based committee raised upwards of over $15,000 for the project.
“While the project was initially requested by friends of Alex Hill, the idea behind the crosswalk is to also honor the support and friendship many find in Houston’s LGBTQ+ community,” said Matthew Brollier, project facilitator for the Houston Pride Crosswalk Committee.
Alex Hill, a twenty-one-year-old gay man lost his life at the intersection by a hit and run driver. The popular location is already home to a traffic box mural honoring Hill.
“The hope is that the crosswalk serves as a marker of encouragement to all Houstonians and visitors in recognizing the city as a welcoming place, open to all people, and one that celebrates its diversity,” Brollier said.
UP Art Studio will lead the project’s design, a firm known for Houston’s vibrant traffic signal control cabinet murals, including Hill’s.
“Pride Houston is excited to bring the state’s first rainbow crosswalks to Houston,” Frankie Quijano, President of Pride Houston Inc., tells About News. “Let this be a reminder to everyone in the state and country that Houston embraces diversity and everyone is welcome here.”