West Hollywood to Include Rainbow Flag in New Logo

West Hollywood to Include Rainbow Flag in New Logo

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screen-shot-2014-01-13-at-6-54-32-pmThough the rainbow flag has been removed from City Hall in West Hollywood, the city plans to incorporate rainbow colors in the new city logo, according to the LA Times.

Last week council members agreed to change the logo, which will be a rough geographic outline of the municipality.

“This has been a very exciting debate,” openly gay Mayor Pro Tem John D’Amico said. “I think flying a rainbow flag at City Hall is perhaps not as interesting as flying the city of West Hollywood adopted flag that has the rainbow on it. There’s a pedigree there, there’s a history.”

The rainbow flag was raised above City Hall in June, but taken down in January after a unanimous vote decided the city should maintain the practice of only flying the United States, California and city flags on public facilities.

“The city belongs to all of us,” and is “not just a city of gay men,” Councilman John Duran said at a meeting.

Four of the five council members are gay men, and more than 40 percent of West Hollywood residents identity themselves as gay or lesbian. However, once they received complaints from the community, the flag was removed.

Besides the flag, new flagpoles will be added to the Matthew Shepard Human Rights Triangle at Santa Monica and Crescent Heights boulevards with pink, blue and white transgender flags.

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