Denver Businesses Fundraise for Permanent Rainbow Crosswalk

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Proposed rainbow crosswalk, via broadwayrainbowcrosswalk.weebly.com.

A Denver thrift shop and a local politician are among a group pushing to install rainbow crosswalks in the city.

Buffalo Exchange and other local businesses created a website to fund the effort, according to Gay Star News. The project has raised $12,300 of its $25,000 goal as of April 2.

Todd Colletti, Owner of Buffalo Exchange, told Westword the crosswalk would be located outside his store on Broadway and W Irvington Pl and was inspired by the drag fashion shows done during PrideFest there.

"We thought, let's take it up a notch this year and do a rainbow crosswalk,” he said.

Denver City Councilman Jolon Clark has also helped the local businesses with setting up the project.

"It's a very divisive time, and there's a lot of anger and groups of people who feel like they're not being represented and being left out," Clark said. "This is ... a way we as a city and community can wrap our arms around the LBGTQ (sic) community and tell them how much we value them, care about them and love them in a very tangible and visible way."

Denver would join Atlanta, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and West Hollywood, Calif. with having permanent rainbow crosswalks if they raise enough money, according to GSN. Coletti said he hopes the crosswalks are done in time to kick off Pride Month in June.


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