Like an expensive bottle of champagne striking the bow of a luxury cruise liner, Galveston’s LGBTQ community kicked off Pride weekend with a dedication ceremony of a rainbow crosswalk. A large enthusiastic crowd congregated in front of City Hall on June 7 for the ceremony as David Collins, City Councilman District 3, welcomed a diverse troop of islanders.
Collins spoke of how Galveston prides itself on being a diverse and welcoming city and, as a decision was being made about where to put the crosswalk, it was suggested putting it where everyone will see it. So it was recommended: “Let’s put it at City Hall!”
Galveston’s City Hall sits on 25th Street, also known as Rosenberg Street, the most traveled corridor between Broadway Street and The Strand.
Danny Roe who spearheaded the drive to bring the rainbow crosswalk to the island was singled out by Collins. On an earlier Facebook post, Roe said, “This is a dream of mine from a few years ago, but I want to say that it is on the backs of others that this became a reality. Thank you, David Collins; Trey Click, Immaculate Painting & Construction, LLC (Juan — you tha man!); David Bowers/Real Estate; Tom Schwenk and his wonderful hubby, Jack; VJ Tramonte; and especially the guy who has been beating down doors, calling all of the activists, and asking for the checkbooks — the guy who really made this all come together, Steven Creitz. Galveston would not have this amazing and beautiful crosswalk without you. Thank you for bringing this to us for the 50 year celebration of Pride and what it really means for our community.”
No city funds or labor were used to pay for the crosswalk as the entire project was funded with private donations.