When St. Petersburg completed their LGBT Pride streetscape last year, Delray Beach City Commissioner Ryan Boylston wanted to do the same.
Now, commissioners of Delray and Boynton Beach agreed to design intersections that would feature the colors of the flag.
At a meeting, the Delray Beach City Commission presented the design for a permanent LGBT Pride streetscape to be installed in the intersection of NE 2nd Avenue and NE 1st Street in Pineapple Grove, according to a press release.
Boylston opened the discussions on bringing Pride public art with resident Nicholas Coppola and Rand Hoch, the president and founder of the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council.
Coppola serves on the Board of Trustees of Compass, Palm Beach County's LGBT community center.
"Ryan has been — and continues to be — an incredible ally to the LGBTQ community,” said Coppola, according to the press release. “His leadership on our streetscape is just one more way he shows his support."
The streetscape will include the six colors of the traditional Pride flag as well as the five additional colors of the Progress Pride flag, which represent people of color, trans and non-binary individuals, and those living with HIV/AIDS.
"The LGBTQ community in Delray Beach is incredibly diverse, as is the population of the city itself," said Boylston in the press release. "With this streetscape, we recognize and honor all of our residents and visitors."
Hoch spoke about how over the past 30 years, the LGBT community in both Delray and Boynton Beach have gone from nearly invisible to being acknowledged and granted equal rights, and how this is “quite an achievement.”
"We thank the Delray Beach City Commission and city staff for working to create this amazing tribute to the city's LGBTQ community," said Hoch in the press release.
Mayor Shelly Petrolia plans to host a commemorative ceremony for the LGBT Pride streetscape in June, which is LGBT Pride Month.
Boynton Beach Vice Mayor Ty Penserga began working on bringing LGBT public art to the city at the request of PBCHRC, according to a press release. The art installation will be located at the intersection of East Ocean Avenue and 1st Street SE at the end of the city's Town Square.
"By highlighting the LGBTQ streetscape at the entrance to Town Square and downtown Boynton Beach, city officials are proudly letting LGBTQ people know that we recognize you, we stand with you, and we are all part of the fabric that strengthens Boynton Beach," said Penserga, who is Boynton Beach's first openly gay elected official. "We are sending a clear message — especially to our younger LGBTQ residents — that everyone is welcome in Boynton Beach and that our community supports you."
Road work to prepare for the installation is now underway. It is expected that paint will be applied by mid-June.
The plan for the Boynton Beach intersection. Courtesy photo.
The plan for the Delray Beach intersection. Courtesy photo.