The LA County Board of Supervisors voted to permanently maintain the rainbow colors on the Brooks Avenue lifeguard tower in Venice Beach that was painted last June as a part of Venice Pride.
In the early summer, the lifeguard tower was wrapped in rainbow colors and a section of Venice Beach was renamed as a memorial to the late Los Angeles Councilman Bill Rosendahl, the first openly gay person to serve on the LA City Council.
The rainbow lifeguard tower was originally expected to be temporary but over the summer, it became a local landmark and popular symbol of inclusion, individuality, and diversity, and a grassroots campaign rose to preserve it.
“At a moment when human rights for many communities in this country are under threat, this dramatic artistic and political statement on Venice Beach offers people in Los Angeles a clear statement of inclusion,” said Supervisor Sheila Kuehl whose office cooperated with Venice Pride in sponsoring the Bill Rosendahl Memorial lifeguard tower. “In recent weeks, thousands of people voiced their hope that the lifeguard tower would be preserved as it is forever. That’s a very moving testament to how far Los Angeles has come toward achieving LGBT equality.”
In 1994, Supervisor Kuehl became the first openly gay person elected to California’s legislature.