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Could Edgewater See Rainbow Crosswalks In LGBTQ Community’s Honor?

Looking to be the next American city to showcase rainbow crosswalks, a new online Care2 petition hopes to encourage the city of Chicago to do just that.

The rainbow crosswalks which honor the LGBTQ community first went up in San Francisco in 2014, with Philadelphia following in 2015. After a Care2 petition gathered 22,000 signatures in Atlanta, the city’s mayor announced earlier this month they will follow suit. In Washington D.C., another petition which gathered 12,000 signatures, earned that city the nation’s first transgender pride crosswalk (though not permanent).

Chicago’s Care2 petition asks the city to install permanent LGBTQ rainbow and trans pride crosswalks here as well. The petition, which has a goal of 8,000 signatures, already has well over 7,000 names.

With unofficial estimates pointing to Edgewater as having the highest population of LGBTQ residents in the city, the likelihood of the area to be chosen as the next spot to adorn the rainbow crosswalks is very possible.

“I would love to see this happen here in Chicago,” said the creator of the Care2 petition, Kelsey B. “This is one small thing that could be done to signal to one of the most marginalized communities in the country that we are here for them, we see them, and we support them.”

To sign the petition, got to: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/445/846/483/

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