Located in Venice, the Brooks Avenue Lifeguard Tower was repainted in bright rainbow colors by local artist Patrick Marston and husband Michael Brunt. Dubbed the Venice Pride Flag Lifeguard Tower, the landmark was only supposed to retain its colorful stripes through the end of the summer.
The L.A. County Board of Supervisors recently voted unanimously to save the rainbow tower in response to a successful petition campaign.
“We received 11,000 signatures on a petition from that area, saying no no, we love it, we’d really like to keep it,” says supervisor Sheila Kuehl, who introduced the motion. “The lifeguards and fire department are very strongly in favor of this, in case anybody wonders what it’s like for them to have a rainbow tower on the beach.”
“This lifeguard tower represents a new way for the LGBT community to feel included,” Venice Pride president Grant Turck told the board. “It’s a monument to acceptance.”
The tower will be dedicated to the memory of the late Bill Rosendahl, who in 2005 became the first openly gay man to win a seat on the Los Angeles City Council.
The section of Venice Beach between Park and Breeze avenues was also renamed in Rosendahl’s memory during this year’s Venice Pride celebration. Pride organizers chose that stretch of beach and its lifeguard tower because of the area’s long history as a gay-friendly hangout.