Wimbledon’s rainbow crossing is back! You may remember that in 2019 we were one of the first councils in the country to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Pride by unveiling a multi-coloured crossing outside New Wimbledon Theatre, near to recently opened CMYK bar.
At the time, it was hailed as a great addition to the borough’s diverse cultural offer, marking Merton as one of the most welcoming and safest communities in London.
Due to improvement works that took place outside the theatre, where the council recently created a new public space, the crossing had to be temporarily lost, but it has now returned after being relaid at the weekend.
The new crossing has had an update and now includes representation for black and trans pride, tying in with this year’s Hate Crime Awareness Week – from 9-16 October – which is focusing on trans hate crime.
Councillor Marsie Skeete, Cabinet Member for Women and Equalities, said: “We’re so happy to welcome back the Wimbledon crossing – it is a wonderful symbol of Merton’s inclusivity.
“We’re incredibly proud of our LGBTQ+ community and have always stood up for equality – the return of this crossing demonstrates our commitment to and pride in the diversity of the borough.
“It is just one of the many ways that the council stands in solidarity with all those who face discrimination in Merton and beyond.”
Helen Clark Bell, Chief Executive of the Love Wimbledon BID, said: “We’re very glad to see the rainbow crossing return to Wimbledon, with a new and more inclusive design to representing the broader LGBTQ+ community.
“As well as creating a warm welcome to all, the crossing contributes to the growing arts and cultural scene in Wimbledon and is an absolute joy to see.”