Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Delray Beach LGBTQIA+ Pride Streetscape Ribbon Cutting on June 12 at 10:00 a.m.

 

On Saturday, June 12 at 10:00 a.m., Delray Beach Mayor Shelly Petrolia and City Commissioners will dedicate the city's newest memorial -- the LGBTQ Pride Streetscape.

“The Pride Streetscape is about solidarity, inclusion, and visibility; a proud celebration of our city’s diversity," said Mayor Shelly Petrolia.
Image courtesy of Maxwell Zengage
The streetscape, based on the Progress Pride Flag, is located at the intersection of NE 2nd Avenue and NE 1st Street in Pineapple Grove Arts District in Delray Beach

The Progress Pride Flag adds five colors to the iconic six-color Rainbow Pride Flag .The additional colors -- black, brown, light blue, pink, and white -- emphasizes inclusion and progression, representing people of color, trans and non-binary individuals, and those living with HIV/AIDS.
Last fall, City Commissioner Ryan Boylston opened discussions about bringing significant LGBTQ public art to the city with resident Nicholas Coppola and Rand Hoch, President and Founder of the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council (PBCHRC).

"The LGBTQ community in Delray Beach is incredibly diverse, as is the population of the city itself," said Boynston. "With this streetscape, we recognize and honor all of our residents and visitors."
Coppola serves on the Board of Trustees of Compass, Palm Beach County's LGBTQ community center.The organization's mission is to engage, empower, and enrich the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people and those impacted by HIV and AIDS.

"When the the City of St. Petersburg completed their Pride streetscape last year, Commissioner Boylston reached out to us," said Coppola. "Ryan has been -- and continues to be -- an incredible ally to the LGBTQ community. His leadership on our streetscape is just one more way he shows his support."
Planning for the streetscape involved staff from various city departments, Compass and other stakeholders from the LGBTQ community, and the support of AIDS Healthcare Foundation and PBCHRC -- the project's sponsors..
PBCHRC is Florida's oldest, independent, non-partisan, political organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. 
"We thank Delray Beach's elected officials and staff, for creating this amazing monument to the city's LGBTQ community." said Hoch.

"Over the past thirty years, the LGBTQ community in Delray Beach has gone from being nearly invisible, to being tolerated, to being acknowledged, to being granted equal rights and benefits, to having our families recognized, and now, to having the diversity of the LGBTQIA+community publically celebrated," said Hoch. "That is quite an achievement.

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Boynton Beach LGBTQ Progress Pride Intersection Ribbon Cutting on June 7

 

On Monday, June 7 at 5:30 p.m., Boynton Beach Mayor Steven Grant and City Commissioners will cut the ribbon to dedicate the city's newest memorial -- the Pride Intersection.
Image courtesy of the City of Boynton Beach
The street art, based on the Progress Pride Flag, is located at the intersection of East Ocean Avenue and 1st Street SE at the end of the city's Town Square.

The Progress Pride Flag adds a five-colored chevron to the iconic six-color Rainbow Pride Flag .The chevron emphasizes inclusion and progression, as the additional colors -- black, brown, light blue, pink, and white -- represent people of color, trans and non-binary individuals, and those living with HIV/AIDS.
Last fall, at the request of the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council (PBCHRC) ,City Commissioner Ty Penserga asked his colleagues to consider a public art installation to honor the city's LGBTQ community.

PBCHRC is Florida’s oldest, independent, non-partisan, political organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. The organization's second president, Norman Aaron, was a resident of Boynton Beach
Following a review of several designs created by city staff, the City Commission approved the Progress Pride design which will be dedicated on Monday.
"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 the message -- especially to our younger LGBTQ residents -- that everyone is welcome in Boynton Beach and that our community supports you."
"We thank Mayor Grant and the City Commissioners, as well as city staff, for creating this amazing monument to the city's LGBTQ community." said PBCHRC President and Founder Rand Hoch.

"Over the past thirty years, the LGBTQ community in Boynton Beach has gone from being nearly invisible, to being tolerated, to being acknowledged, to being granted equal rights and benefits, to having our families recognized, and now, to having the diversity of the LGBTQ community publically celebrated," said Hoch. "That is quite an achievement."

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

West Palm Beach LGBTQ Pride Crosswalk Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on June 3

On Thursday, June 3 at 9:30 a.m., West Palm Beach City Commissioners will cut the ribbon to dedicate the city's newest memorial -- the LGBTQ Pride Crosswalks. .
Photo courtesy of  joewilliams.dronepilot
The crosswalks are located at the intersection of Northwood Road and Spruce Avenue in Northwood Village, the traditional heart of the city’s LGBTQ business district. They feature red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet stripes, displaying the colors in the iconic Pride Flag.
In 2018, a request for Pride crossworks was made by Rand Hoch, who served on the West Palm Beach Art in Public Places (now ArtLife WPB). Hoch is also President and Founder of the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council (PBCHRC),

PBCHRC is Florida’s oldest, independent, non-partisan, political organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.
After then-Mayor Jeri Muoio embraced the idea, PBCHRC reached out to LGBTQ residents and business owners throughout West Palm Beach, seeking suggestions for the location of the crosswalks.

"Since the late-1980s, there have been more LGBTQ residents and businesses in the Northwood communities than anywhere else in the city," said Hoch. "It was no surprise the consensus was to install the Pride crosswalks in Northwood Village."

“Business owners are thrilled with the crosswalks,” said Will Davis, President of the Northwood Village Merchants Association. “They are beautiful — and definitely worth the wait.”

Funding for the Pride Crosswalks was provided by the City of West Palm Beach and the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency. Hierromat, a locally gay owned and operated business, will provide funding to maintain the crosswalks.
"Over the past several decades, the LGBTQ community in West Palm Beach has gone from being nearly invisible, to being tolerated, to being acknowledged, to being granted equal rights and benefits, to having our families recognized, and now, to having the diversity of the LGBTQ community publicly celebrated," said Hoch.. "That is quite an achievement."

While the Northwood Village Pride crosswalks are the first public artworks dedicated to the LGBTQ community in Palm Beach County, LGBTQ Pride streetscapes in Boynton Beach and Delray Beach will be installed and dedicated in June.

 

World’s First "Progress Pride" Public Bus Debuts In Palm Beach County

 

 In honor of LGBTQ+ Pride month, Palm Tran, the public transit system serving Palm Beach County, has rolled out its “Ride with Pride” bus.

Throughout the month of June, the “Ride with “Pride” bus will operate daily along Palm Tran’s Route 1. With close to 200 stops, Route 1 is Palm Tran’s longest and most visible route, running from Palm Beach Gardens to Boca Raton, in great part along U.S. Highway 1.
Photo courtesy of Palm Tran
While buses decorated in the colors of the iconic Rainbow Pride Flag have operated around the world for more than a dozen years, this year, Palm Tran’s “Ride with “Pride” bus and Pinelllas Suncoast Transit Authoritiey's “Ride with “Pride” bus, are the world’s first public buses to be fully wrapped with the eleven colors of the Progress Pride Flag.

Representing represent people of color, trans and non-binary individuals, and those living with HIV/AIDS, black, brown, light blue, pink, and white stripes are incorporated into the Progress Pride Flag, along with the six colors of the iconic Rainbow Flag.

“I am extremely proud of the talented and diverse employees we have at Palm Tran," said Clinton B. Forbes, Palm Tran's Executive Director. "This bus further highlights our long-standing commitment to equality for everyone."

The "Ride with Pride" bus is a Palm Tran partnership with two local LGBTQ organizations – Compass and the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council (PBCHRC).
Compass is one of the largest LGBTQ community centers in Florida. Its mission is to engage, empower and enrich the lives of LGBTQ people and those impacted by HIV and AIDS. 

“Palm Beach County is a beacon for the LGBTQ community,” said Compass Executive Director Julie Seaver. “Palm Tran’s celebration of our vibrant, colorful, and diverse community is both endearing and empowering.”
PBCHRC is Florida’s oldest, independent, non-partisan, political organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. The organization promotes equality through education, advocacy, direct action, impact litigation, and community outreach. 
“Palm Tran has long been a leader in providing LGBTQ employees with equal protections, rights and benefits,” said PBCHRC President and Founder Rand Hoch. “The ‘Ride with Pride’ bus lets everyone know Palm Trans commitment to diversity extends to the entire LGBTQ community.”

"Over the past several decades, the LGBTQ community in Palm Beach County has gone from being nearly invisible, to being tolerated, to being acknowledged, to being granted equal rights and benefits, to having our families recognized, and now, to having the diversity of the LGBTQ community publicly celebrated," said Hoch.. "That is quite an achievement."
The "Ride with Pride" bus will debut at the Palm Beach Pride Market on June 5, 2021, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Bryant Park in Lake Worth Beach.