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State College crosswalks painted as rainbows to show LGBTQ Pride

Crosswalks in State College are now painted as rainbows in recognition of LGBTQ Pride Month. (WJAC)

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- If you travel through State College this week, you’ll notice the streets are a little brighter.

The crosswalks at the intersection of East Calder Way and South Allen Street are now painted as rainbows in recognition of Pride Month. Mayor Donald M. Hahn proclaimed June as LGBTQ Pride Month in State College on Monday, June 4.

The crosswalks were painted in a partnership with State College Borough's Office of Community Engagement and University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA.)

Borough Council said the goals of the initiative are to showcase the Borough's commitment to the LGBTQ community and to emphasize that everyone is welcome in State College. The Borough said the rainbow crosswalks are part of its aim, established by Resolution 1177 and Resolution 1180, to promote equity, inclusion and justice as community pillars. To ensure that the LGBTQ community was represented in this initiative on Monday, May 1, 2017, Council adopted Resolution 1190 which established the LGBTQ Advisory Committee. This Committee has already begun its work on improving the Borough's rating for the Human Rights Campaign's Municipal Equity Index by helping develop the Conversion or Reparative Therapy for Minors Ordinance (adopted February 2018) and plan the installation of gender neutral bathrooms, which have already been installed in the Municipal Building, the Pugh Street Parking Garage and at Bellaire Court.

The Borough said it has adopted an Unlawful Public Accommodations Practices Ordinance (adopted April 2011), which prohibits discrimination in housing, employment or public accommodations based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

The Borough's Public Works Department painted the crosswalks with a latex based paint that’s expected to last approximately a month. The Borough said it will be researching how to make the rainbow crosswalks a permanent installation in Downtown State College.

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