West Hollywood Solves Rainbow Flag Scandal

3.5.2014

By Neal Broverman

The city, surrounded by Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, wants to make sure everyone knows it supports its LGBT residents.

The independent city of West Hollywood, which is over 40 percent LGBT, once flew a rainbow flag atop City Hall. Officials took it down in January after complaints that it was exclusionary, leading to even more complaints that its removal was a slap to the city's queer community. City leaders didn't return the rainbow flag to City Hall, but they came up with a solution that pleases almost everyone: WeHo emblazoned its city flag with rainbow colors and is now flying that version at City Hall.

The banner features the logo, made up of the city's borders, covered in red, orange, yell, green, blue, and purple, and with a white background. The logo is now part of the official city flag and will fly with the U.S. and California flags at City Hall. The city is now considering placing a rainbow flag and a transgender flag at the Matthew Shepard Memorial at Santa Monica and Crescent Heights Boulevards.

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