Houston neighborhood gets gay pride crosswalk
Eduardo Ortiz operates the machine to put down the green color to finish painting the first of four Rainbow Flag crosswalks at the Westheimer Road and Taft Street intersection Saturday, June 17, 2017, in Houston. The Rainbow Flag crosswalks are meant to honor Alex Hill, who died from a hit-and-run accident at this intersection in 2013, and it would be the state of Texas' first Rainbow Flag crossing. (Yi-Chin Lee/Houston Chronicle via AP)
The completed four Rainbow Flag crosswalks at the intersection of Westheimer Road and Taft Street have became a popular spot for photographs Sunday, June 18, 2017, in Houston. (Yi-Chin Lee/Houston Chronicle via AP)
HOUSTON — A Houston neighborhood now has a gay pride crosswalk, which means crossings along all four segments of an intersection in the Montrose area are rainbow-painted.
Crews painted the crossings Saturday and by Sunday morning, residents were turning out to take photos along the crosswalk.
Pride Houston paid the $15,000 cost of the project. Frankie Quijano, president of Pride Houston, says, “All it can do is amplify what Houston is about. We welcome everyone, whatever size, shape color.”
Ham McLain moved to Houston eight months ago and stumbled across the intersection on his way back from breakfast. The 55-year-old said, “It’s beautiful. It makes me proud to live here.”
City Councilwoman Ellen Cohen’s office coordinated the permits and approvals needed to close the street for the work.
Julia De Los Santos takes a photograph for her friend Natalie Silva at one of the four Rainbow Flag crosswalks at the intersection of Westheimer Road and Taft Street Sunday, June 18, 2017, in Houston. The crosswalks have became a popular spot for photographs. (Yi-Chin Lee/Houston Chronicle via AP)