The crossing now includes the representation of marginalised people of colour and trans individuals.
Wimbledon’s rainbow crossing, which first appeared back in 2019 and was temporarily removed, has now returned with a fresh makeover. Merton Council‘s new crossing, found outside the New Wimbledon Theatre, sees the addition of the ‘Progress Pride’ flag: A traditional Pride flag with black, brown, blue, pink and white elements added to the design. The colours represent marginalised LGBTQ+ people of colour, as well as the transgender community, in an effort to further inclusion.
The updated flag also acknowledges those living with and lost to HIV/AIDS. The arrow formation symbolises ‘moving forward’, while its left-hand position signifies that there’s still progress to be made, according to the original flag’s artist, Daniel Quasar.
Wimbledon’s new Progress Pride flag pedestrian crossing was unveiled ahead of this year’s Hate Crime Awareness Week, which takes place from October 9 to 16. It is the first of its kind in London, and joins Sutton in making a statement about the importance of inclusion, where the UK’s first transgender flag crossing was recently installed.
Helen Clark Bell, Chief Executive of the Love Wimbledon BID, said: “We’re very glad to see the rainbow crossing return to Wimbledon, with a new and more inclusive design to representing the broader LGBTQ+ community. As well as creating a warm welcome to all, the crossing contributes to the growing arts and cultural scene in Wimbledon and is an absolute joy to see.”