first in Texas TBGLQ themed crosswalk went up at the corner of Westheimer and Taft streets in the Montrose gayborhood this weekend.
The site of the crosswalk was chosen to honor 21 year old Alex Hill, who was killed at that intersection by a hit and run driver in January 2016. The traffic light control box is painted with a mural of Alex and his friends with a rainbow sunburst in the background.
'While this project was initially requested by friends of Alex Hill, the idea behind the crosswalk is to also honor the support and friendship many people find in Houston's LGBT community," said Matthew Brollier, a member of the Houston Pride Crosswalk Committee in an OutSmart interview. "Hill's friends join countless Houstonians in encouraging the city to improve safety conditions for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers on its roadways,"
The $15,000 cost of the crosswalks were paid for by Pride Houston and will last for two and a half years. A permanent rainbow crosswalk will be installed at the intersection when the Lower Westheimer reconstruction project gets completed by the city of Houston.