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Reykjavík to get permanent rainbow

05.06.2019 - 12:18
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Reykjavík city council yesterday approved the proposal from a majority coalition councillor for a permanent rainbow in Reykjavík. The city environment and planning department will now be asked to make a proposal on what the rainbow will look like and where it will be located.

The proposal came from Gunnlaugur Bragi Björnsson, a deputy councillor for Viðreisn (the Reform Party) and chairman of Hinsegin dagar (Reykjavík Pride). The proposal was approved unanimously. 

In recent years, a painted rainbow has decorated prominent spots in central Reykjavík for Pride week, including Skólavörðustígur, Menntaskólinn í Reykjavík, outside City Hall, and elsewhere. They have been painted at the start of August and then removed at the end of Pride. 

“This is actually a similar undertaking, except that it will be permanent and not washed away unless it finds a new home elsewhere at some point in the future,” Gunnlaugur said. 

The idea for a permanent rainbow is not new, Gunnlaugur adds: “This has been done fairly widely around the world. In the USA, and Canada, and Australia. In Paris it was made in direct reaction to when the temporary rainbow at their Pride festival was destroyed for some homophobic reason. The city leaders’ response there was to make it permanent,” he says. 

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