A pedestrian crossing has been permanently painted in the colours of the transgender flag in London.
The mural, which adorns the one-way system outside Asda in Sutton town centre, is the first of its kind in the UK and was created to celebrate International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia yesterday.
It is intended to stand as a visible celebration of the borough’s transgender community and a sign of inclusivity, in addition to brightening the area up more generally, the council said.
Councillor Jake Short, lead member for Equalities, said: ‘I’m delighted to see this celebration of the richness and diversity that our transgender community brings to Sutton.
‘Until transgender people and other minority groups are able to live without fear of discrimination or hate, we must continue to demonstrate our support and stand with them to clearly demonstrate our commitment to eliminating transphobia.’
The transgender flag was created in 1999 and features blue and pink stripes, representing the traditional colours for male and female, along with white stripes which represent those who are transitioning, intersex or consider themselves as having an unidentified gender.
Rachel Simpkins, Sutton LGBTQ+ Forum’s trans project lead, said: ‘The Sutton LGBTQ+ Forum has always supported our trans community and in 2019 set up the TranSutton Group.
‘We offer support, advice and engage with the trans community not only from Sutton but also its neighbouring boroughs.
‘Our hope is that this trans crossing will pave the way for more trans crossings around the UK which in turn would lead to more inclusivity in our society at large.’
More information on the Sutton LGBTQ+ Forum and their upcoming activities can be found on their website.
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