Community members of Midtown Sacramento’s Lavender Heights District unveiled the Rainbow Crosswalks on 20th and K streets.
After a year and a half of city planning and $54,000 of community fundraising, Saturday morning, Sacramento City Council member, Steve Hansen began the unveiling ceremony.
“30 years ago, several guys over at the Western sat down and started calling this Lavender Heights,” said Faces Nightclub owner, Myron ‘Terry’ Sidie. “And they formed non-profits that helped people during the AIDS crisis. So this is really a tribute to them.”
Other cities like San Francisco, West Hollywood, Philadelphia, and Seattle have similar crosswalks. But officials said Sacramento’s rainbow crosswalk is unlike any other. Instead of regular paint, it is made of durable materials that will last at least 30 years.
“This is a piece of our history much like a Little Italy, or a Historic Chinatown community,” Council member Hansen said. “This says where we are and where we’ve been to the next generation. So that the next generation has a totally different view of gay rights and the struggles that have been gone through.”
This celebration comes just a week after hometown hero, Spencer Stone was critically stabbed just a block away. Residents said they hope this will be the start of better days to come in Midtown Sacramento.
“To know that one of our heroes is going through that, my prayers are with him,” resident Jayla Lee said. “But things like this are so beautiful because we are still going strong. And that Midtown has a beautiful side to it still.”
“It tells other people that this community is accepting and that we love all kinds and that we are going places now,” resident Brittany Hansen said.
The crosswalks will be maintained and supported by the Midtown Business Association.