GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB)-- Some Gainesville residents will be beaming with pride while walking downtown.
Three rainbow crosswalks in Gainesville are being installed through the city's “Art in Crosswalks" program.
The crosswalks are in front of the Hippodrome Theatre, the Tax Collector's building, and in front of City Hall.
They will be completed in time for “National Coming Out Day" where an event will be held at City Hall on Friday. The event starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony starting at 1 p.m.
“It encourages folks that are LGBTQ+ to come out and be open about who they are,” said Terry Fleming, director of the Pride Community Center of North Central Florida. “It’s an incredibly important step for people individually but it’s also important to show the entire community the impact and the participation of LGBTQ+ individuals in society as a whole.”
The crosswalks are being paid for through donations to the Pride Community Center. Its goal is $7,000.
“That visibility enforces with folks that we are part of the community and a marginalized community that includes folks that are often suicidal or having difficulty coming to terms with coming out,” Fleming said. “This is an opportunity to support them and it can actually save lives.”
Fleming said the crosswalks will last for about three years.
The link to donate is listed below: