West Hollywood City Hall Removes Rainbow LGBT Flag
According to the Los Angeles Times:
Councilman John Duran said the city is shared by gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and heterosexual people and that the flag’s hanging above City Hall was inappropriate, even if the city was founded largely on gay rights.
West Hollywood “belongs to all of us,” Duran said at one meeting. “It’s not just a city of gay men. It belongs to heterosexual people as well, and City Hall belongs to everybody in this community, gay or straight, and let’s not ever give the impression that City Hall has become exclusive to only one part of the West Hollywood community.”
The move has been met with criticism by some. Larry Block, the West Hollywood resident and business owner that proposed that the rainbow flag be raised this past June, tells the LA Times:
“The shedding of the LGBT identity is happening slowly,” said Block, a city council candidate for the 2015 election. “It’s going with development, straight business owners… There’s just a changing environment in West Hollywood.”
After the flag was raised last summer, people came into Block’s clothing store on Santa Monica Boulevard to hug him, he said.
“West Hollywood is a beacon of hope for gays and lesbians throughout the world,” he said. “When tourists come into town, they’re so proud of the fact that we’re that special place for the LGBT community. … The rainbow flag is an inclusive symbol, not exclusive.”
According to city officials, West Hollywood will continue to permanently fly rainbow flags in the medians at Santa Monica Boulevard between Robertson and La Cienega boulevards.
And, of course, WeHo still has its snazzy rainbow crosswalks.
Still, what do you think of the City Hall move, Instincters? What message does the rainbow flag's removal send?