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The Rainbow Flag Is Too Gay For West Hollywood’s City Hall

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One of the gayest cities in America just got a bit less gay.

Although as much as 40 percent of West Hollywood’s population identifies as gay or lesbian, the rainbow flag that has flown above City Hall has been removed.

In June of 2013, West Hollywood resident Larry Block suggested that the rainbow flag should join the United States, State of California, and City of West Hollywood flags hanging above city hall, and councilman Jeffrey Prang agreed.

Councilman John Duran, however, seems extremely concerned that West Hollywood is becoming known as a city that caters primarily to LGBT people.

At one meeting, he is quoted as saying that West Hollywood is “not just a city of gay men. It belongs to heterosexual people as well, and City Hall belongs to everybody in this community, gay or straight, and let’s not ever give the impression that City Hall has become exclusive to only one part of the West Hollywood community.”

Block, who actually donated the flag that hung briefly above city hall, isn’t amused. He sees the removal of the flag as just another example of the de-gaying of the city. “The shedding of the LGBT identity is happening slowly,” Block told the L.A. Times. “It’s going with development, straight business owners… There’s just a changing environment in West Hollywood.”

Though the environment may be changing just a bit, it is important to note that plenty of LGBT signifiers still exist in West Hollywood. There are still rainbow colored crosswalks at a few points in West Hollywood, and the door is still open for the flag to be flown at City Hall on special occasions.

Still, it’s hard not to see the removal of the flag as a troubling sign of the de-gaying of the major gay meccas.

Hopefully the flag can make a triumphant return to City Hall for LGBT Pride Month this summer.

By:           Rob Smith
On:           Jan 14, 2014
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  • 10 Comments
    • jimstoic
      jimstoic

      The flag is a symbol of diversity and inclusion. It’s not intended to exclude heterosexuals.

      Jan 14, 2014 at 1:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • robirob
      robirob

      It’s the circle of gay life. As soon ‘the gays’ upper-fixed an area the straight families and businessmen show up, take over and ‘the gays’ get their walking papers.

      Jan 14, 2014 at 2:30 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ann Mason
      Ann Mason

      @jimstoic: You’re absolutely right. The original flag contained eight colors (pink and turquoise were removed soon after it was created, although in the past few years I’ve seen a few with all eight colors). Each signified an aspect of the human spirit.

      The rainbow flag was intended as a symbol of the LGBT movement because it represented universality. The goal of the movement is for LGBT individuals to be accepted into the mainstream.

      Okay, on one hand it’s a “gay” symbol. However, it also serves as an attractive reminder that the most basic and important aspects of being human go way beyond sexual orientation.

      Jan 14, 2014 at 4:07 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Spike
      Spike

      John Duran is running for a County Supervisors seat, he doesn’t want to be seen as the GAY candidate.

      Jan 14, 2014 at 4:10 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • PARKAVMAN
      PARKAVMAN

      The City Council should remember who worked so hard to make West Hollywood happen. Without the work of the first candidates, it would be a little strip of L.A. County without it’s own identity.

      Jan 14, 2014 at 4:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • KDub
      KDub

      Never cared for the rainbow as a symbol for homosexuality. It’s just so stereotypically gay. Plus, I don’t think the gay community is anywhere near as inclusive as it likes to tout itself. In fact, it’s quite compartmentalized. Gay guys are always chewing out bi guys or trying to make closeted guys feel like they’re awful people. Lesbians hardly get any run time at all, and no one’s really trying to claim trans. It’s all just so fake.

      Jan 14, 2014 at 7:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Joincny
      Joincny

      @KDub: Kdub, stereotypically gay? your self loathing is showing.

      Jan 14, 2014 at 8:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Spike
      Spike

      @KDub: It’s called survival of the fittest. If LGBT rights were to be left up to bi guys, closeted guys, lesbians and trans, where would we be? Go on hating yourself but it’s the gays that have carried the torch of civil rights from day one, and continue too.

      Jan 15, 2014 at 11:40 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bob LaBlah
      Bob LaBlah

      What I love about the Rainbow flag is how it does what it was intended to do: represent gays. It is our identity. I am not surprised at all to NOT see outrage about its removal considering how gay marriage has made many gay people (looking for more inclusion into the main stream at the cost of its symbols) not care anymore.

      Jan 15, 2014 at 2:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tomron
      tomron

      I love and am proud of the rainbow flag. Having said that, I’m afraid I agree with John Duran from the perspective of equal rights. I hate to compare this with the right of non religious or people of other faiths to object to religious state supported monuments, etc., but there really is some comparison. Yes, W. Hollywood is is VERY largely gay, and I believe that part of the population has done much to make it a super city. However, we CAN’T forget about the other 60% of residents, who may be gay supportive or not, but do deserve not to be “lumped” with OUR pride.
      And, I further don’t think being for the removal of the flag should be labeled as “self-loathing”, nor as just another political ploy. It’s merely an attempt to right a wrong as they see it.

      Jan 15, 2014 at 3:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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