The Palm Beach County Human Rights Council’s request for cities to bring LGBTQ public art to communities is finally being answered.
Boynton Beach and Delray Beach recently agreed to install permanent LGBTQ-inspired streetscapes at specific intersections in those cities.
Boynton Beach’s streetscape will be at the intersection of East Ocean Avenue and First Street Southeast at the end of the city’s Town Square, while the one in Delray Beach will be at the intersection of Northeast Second Avenue and Northeast First Street in Pineapple Grove.
The LGBTQ pride streetscapes will include the six colors in the traditional LGBTQ pride rainbow flag (red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet) as well as the additional five colors in the progress pride flag (black, brown, light blue, pink and white). The five colors in the progress pride flag represent people of color, trans and nonbinary individuals and those living with HIV/AIDS.
“Over the past 30 years, the LGBTQ community in Boynton Beach and Delray Beach has gone from being nearly invisible to being tolerated, to being acknowledged, to being granted equal rights and benefits, to having our families recognized, and now, to having the diversity of the LGBTQ community publically celebrated,” Palm Beach County Human Rights Council President and founder Rand Hoch said in a statement. “That is quite an achievement.”
In commemoration of LGBTQ Pride Month, the city of Boynton Beach is preparing for the installation with the paint expected to be applied in mid-June.
Delray Beach Mayor Shelly Petrolia intends to host a commemorative ceremony for the LGBTQ pride streetscape sometime in June.
The Palm Beach County Human Rights Council is dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.