This June, the blue lifeguard tower was painted with the colors of the rainbow, that represents pride of the LGBTQ. The result marveled tourists, locals, and activists to come together at the multicolored monument, posting selfies and documenting the temporary art project. The original plan was to repaint the tower with its original color on September 8.
But the citizens came up with a different idea altogether.
A petition filed on Change.org to keep the tower as is garnered more than 10 thousand signatures.
L.A. City Council member Mike Bonin, Venice Pride President Grant Turck, and members of the public met on Tuesday to discuss the lifeguard tower’s new status as LA’s first LGBT monument.
The tower was initially ideated as a monument to honour late Bill Rosendahl, the first openly gay person to serve on the City Council.
“There’s the Eiffel Tower in Paris. It was temporary, too, at first, only planned to stand tall for 20 years before being dismantled.” Turck said, according to a local report in The Pride LA. “But it found new purpose through telecommunications, transmitting live-saving military radio frequencies and television broadcasts. And now travelers from far and wide gather to marvel at the romantic symbol of France’s science and culture more than a century later.”
The vote to keep the rainbow tower as-is was passed unanimously.
LA has taken a step forward to celebrate diversity.