16th January 2020 Rainbow Crossing unveiling outside Brent Civic Centre Photographer: Justin Thomas

Not one, but six Rainbow crossings for the London Borough of Brent to celebrate Brent’s Year of Culture.

The first of six rainbow crossings has landed in Wembley Park, just ten minutes down the road from George Michael’s former school, Kingsbury High School. The crossings are a timely celebration of LGBT+ communities as the London borough kicks off its year of culture. The Mayor of Brent joined members of the organisation’s LGBT+ network, Councillors and Chief Executive Carolyn Downs at a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday 16 January.

16th January 2020 Rainbow Crossing unveiling outside Brent Civic Centre Photographer: Justin Thomas

Over the coming year, Brent Council will install another five of these colourful pedestrian crossings across the borough.

Based on the Pride flag, the crossings signal inclusion and support for LGBT+ communities in Brent and beyond, many of whom still experience discrimination and violence.

Cllr Margaret McLennan, Deputy Leader of Brent Council, said: “Outward signs are important in signalling an inclusive environment for LGBT+ communities. With these rainbow crossings, we are showing our true colours as an open, diverse and accepting borough. The Borough of Cultures where everybody’s story is celebrated.” 

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Brent is The Mayor of London’s Borough of Culture for 2020.

A year-long programme will explore the stories, art and emotions that hold life in Brent together, uncovering and celebrating its untold tales and unheard voices.

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