Litchfield residents Julie Lombardi, left, and Sarah Carr in the North Lake Street crosswalk that they will be repainting this spring. BZ photos
The colors of the rainbow will again be prominently displayed on North Lake Street near Community Field this spring as a sign of welcoming.
Litchfield Pride, a group of residents working to raise awareness of the rights of individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, or question their sexuality, will be giving a crosswalk on the road a new coat of paint after receiving approval from the Board of Selectmen.
Sarah Carr, Julie Lombardi and others from Litchfield Pride are planning to repaint the crosswalk with the colors of the rainbow by June 1. They are seeking donations to cover the cost of the paint for the job. To raise money, Litchfield Pride signs and T-shirts are being sold through Murphy Boyz Marketing of Torrington. To place an order, call 860-836-0829 or email email@example.com.
Signs and T-shirts will be available for pick up on May 1 at Community Field. For every item sold, $5 will be donated to Litchfield Pride.
“We’re had many positive comments, including some from kids who are LGBT, or are questioning their identity,” Lombardi said of the reaction to the crosswalk being painted for the second consecutive year. “Adults too. They were touched and left feeling welcomed.”
Before the colors are repainted, stripes of white paint will be added between the colors to improve visibility at night. The white paint, which is reflective, was recommended by public works Director Raz Alexe.
Julie Lombardi, left, and Sarah Carr.