City of Gainesville holds ribbon-cutting ceremony for rainbow crosswalks

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - Friday is "National Coming Out Day," and in recognition, the City of Gainesville held a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The day coincided with the new installments of three rainbow crosswalks in downtown Gainesville. The city and the Pride Community Center of North Central Florida used the day to officially unveil the crosswalks.

The Pride Center also explained the importance of the rainbow colors.

"It's so important that people who come to Gainesville and live in Gainesville can feel comfortable expressing who they are, what they think -- I mean, what they think is important, but who they are is what this is about," said Gainesville city commissioner Harvey Ward. "I want people who live here to feel comfortable in their own skin in our city."

The crosswalks are expected to last between three-and-five years and the Pride Center has agreed to cover the cost.