City of West Hollywood Incorporates Rainbow Into its New Flag


Following the removal of the Gay Pride flag from the roof of West Hollywood City Hall last month amid a firestorm of criticism, the city has voted to incorporate rainbow colors into its new flag, the L.A. Times reports:

“This has been a very exciting debate,” said Mayor Pro Tem John D’Amico, who is gay. “I think flying a rainbow flag at City Hall is perhaps not as interesting as flying the City of West Hollywood adopted flag that has the rainbow on it. There’s a pedigree there, there’s a history.”

The rainbow flag was removed in January after an earlier unanimous vote by the council to maintain the city’s practice of displaying only the United States, California and city flags on public facilities. At one meeting, Councilman John Duran, who is gay, said the city “belongs to all of us” and is "not just a city of gay men."

More than 40% of West Hollywood’s residents identify themselves as gay or lesbian, according to city surveys, and four of the five council members are gay men.


  1. Zlick says

    Perfect solution. Not only the right thing to dc for an official municipality building (taking down the Rainbow flag), but a fantastic redesign that makes the rainbow influence indelible to the City’s emblem. Nice play.

    Not only that, but it actually makes the horrible West Hollywood logo look good for once. In case you didn’t know, it’s the convoluted outline of the City of West Hollywood, with its jagged and confusing boundaries. It’s always looked better the more they pixelate it, and now looks best with the rainbow color treatment.

    (WeHo’s boundaries are an enigma, as is why in the world that was chosen for the City’s logo. It makes it difficult to know where you can park – and back in the day when gays were harassed so much by the LAPD, it seems it would’ve been hard to know when you were ‘safe’ on County land.)

  2. Jade says

    Just like the extinct grizzly on the State of California flag, I fear that the rainbow in Weho’s new flag represents the city’s great history, not it’s future.

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