West Hollywood Council Compromises in City Hall Rainbow Flag Debate

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The West Hollywood City Council has responded to growing criticism over the removal of a rainbow flag atop City Hall by agreeing to a compromise.

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The City of West Hollywood will fly a new city flag at City Hall, which incorporates rainbow colors into the city’s logo. (Credit: City of West Hollywood)

The rainbow flag — raised above City Hall in June — will stay down. But the city will hang a new flag that incorporates rainbow colors into the city logo, a rough geographic outline of the municipality. Council members agreed to the change at a meeting last week.

“This has been a very exciting debate,” said Mayor Pro Tem John D’Amico. “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 a 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 said the city “belongs to all of us” and is “not just a city of gay men.”

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