PRIDE BATTLE

WeHo Gays Squabble Over Who’s More Rainbowey

West Hollywood: home to the LA Gay Pride festival, the bachelorette-antagonizers at The Abbey, and The L Word. Gay enough, right? Wrong! West Hollywood needs a rainbow infusion, stat!

As the city ramps up for pride, the City Council is mulling a nifty idea: painting the crosswalks rainbow-colors for the month of June. Everyone seems to support the idea, which the Council will discuss this evening (you can show up at 6:30 PM at the West Hollywood Library if you’d like offer public comment on the proposal).

But it wouldn’t be local municipal politics if there wasn’t also a bizarre Parks-and-Rec-style scandal a-brewing. Even though Tel Aviv seems to have originated the idea of rainbow crosswalks, two local gays are at odds over who gets the credit for bringing the concept to the states.

Venice artist Martin Duvander says that he asked the council to consider the idea back in April, and even set up a Kickstarter to raise funds for it. But LA Weekly reports that gossip blogger Lucas John says that re-painting the crosswalks was originally his idea, and that he “is very upset” that someone else has claimed to have come up with it. Oh, honey.

No matter who winds up getting credit for this groundbreaking public works project, it seems like it’s almost definitely going to happen. So check out the intersection of Santa Monica and San Vicente if you’re in the neighborhood this month, and keep your eyes peeled for two gays arguing over whose signature should be on it.

By the way, in case you’re wondering what the going rate is for two rainbow crosswalks: nearly $13,000. Money well spent!