The UK’s First Permanent Rainbow Crossing Has Been Installed In London

Alex Landon Alex Landon - Editor

Rainbow crossing

Herne Hill’s rainbow crossing made a little bit of history this week.

Anyone who’s played a fair amount of Mario Kart knows that a rainbow road is usually a place fraught with peril. Thankfully, quite the opposite is true of the UK’s first permanent rainbow crossing, which has been installed in Herne Hill, just outside Brockwell Park. A firm marker of LGBT+ rights, the crossing is designed to show off Lambeth’s inclusiveness, love, and support for the LGBT+ community.

Rainbow crossing
Photo: @sazzo65

It’s not the first rainbow crossing to appear in London – Greenwich gave several of theirs the rainbow glow-up as part of this year’s Pride celebrations – but the Brockwell Park one is the first to be in place year-round, rather than just temporarily. A sign of lasting commitment (which, sadly, too often goes wandering once Pride in London has wound down), the London crossing joins a series that has already rainbowed Los Angeles, Vancouver, Sydney, and San Francisco.

Londoners are invited to share the rainbow on social media, with #HerneHillRainbow being the predominant tag. A rise in homophobic and transphobic hate crime means now is the time to raise awareness and fight even harder for LGBT+ rights and acceptance, all year round. Whilst a rainbow crossing can’t do that alone, the symbolism of a permanent installation sends a clear message of solidarity – and that’s certainly something we can all get behind.

Featured image: @8bdesign

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