Rainbow Crosswalks Installed Downtown as Part of Community Celebration of Pride Month
State College, PA – State College Borough’s Office of Community Engagement, in partnership with University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA), are excited to unveil the rainbow crosswalks at the intersection of East Calder Way and South Allen Street. These crosswalks were installed as part of the local recognition of Pride Month (June). Mayor Donald M. Hahn proclaimed June as LGBTQ Pride Month on Monday, June 4, 2018.
At the Borough Council’s Regular Meeting on Monday, June 18, the idea for painting the crosswalks was presented to Council. Council unanimously supported the idea. Council Member Dan Murphy first presented the idea to staff as part of the LGBTQ Pride Month Celebration. The goals of this initiative are to showcase the Borough’s commitment to the LGBTQ community and to emphasize that everyone is welcome in State College.
The rainbow crosswalks are part of the Borough’s 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 also 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 and is expected to last approximately a month. However, the Borough will be researching how to make the rainbow crosswalks a permanent installation in Downtown State College.