UK’s first-ever permanent rainbow crossing unveiled in London

For the first time, a permanent rainbow crossing in solidarity with the LGBT+ community has been installed on a street in London.

The crossing – which is actually four separate rainbow crossings, across four lanes of major roads – has been unveiled in Lambeth, a south London borough, and was officially opened today (August 16).

Councillor Sonia Winifred, Lambeth cabinet member for Equalities and Culture, said: “This is a colourful and fun symbol of Lambeth’s inclusivity. 

“We’re proud of our LGBT+ community and have a tradition of championing equality and LGBT+ rights – this crossing celebrates that and is a physical example of our bold and progressive thinking. 

“What better time to unveil the rainbow crossing than in the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. We’ve come a long way, and in Lambeth we’re proud to be leading the way.” 

Lambeth council says it has “always been a borough that prides itself on inclusivity and openness, and the rainbow crossing is designed to be a symbol of that solidarity with the huge LGBT+ population of the borough, and London as a whole.”

Rainbow crossing is a ‘symbol of pride’

The Mayor of Lambeth, councillor Ibrahim Dogus, said: “Lambeth’s diversity has always been our strength, and we have never been afraid to show it! 

“This crossing is a symbol of the pride we have in our flourishing LGBT+ community and will light up Herne Hill with its message of inclusivity. 

“It is just one of the many ways that we will continue to stand in solidarity with all those who face discrimination in our borough and beyond.” 

“Walk the Rainbow” messaging is being distributed throughout the borough, guiding people to the Herne Hill gate at Brockwell Park and inviting people to share images on social media.

The rainbow crossings are in Herne Hill, outside the entrance to Brockwell Park.