A 600-foot long mural is painted ahead of the ABLM march.
This year’s 50th anniversary of annual LGBTQ+ Pride traditions were put on hold as a result of the pandemic. Later, the L.A. Pride organizers chose to hold a march to honor the origin of the Pride celebrations and stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement that has swept the nation—but, there was some backlash due to the way the march was initially organized.
On Saturday, volunteers painted “All Black Lives Matter” across the Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue intersection on Saturday as a way of showing solidarity and to honor black LGBTQ+ people and the fight for racial justice nationwide. This was also where the historic protest recently took place last week, where over 50, 000 people showed up to speak up about the matter.
The “all” is done in the Transgender Pride Flag colors, while the rest of the letters were painted in colors that represent the LGBTQ+ community, including the colors of the Rainbow.
This follows the bold street mural that was painted on the road leading to the White House in Washington D.C. by Mayor Muriel Bowser. She commissioned artists to paint “Black Lives Matter” just a few blocks from marches that took place recently and officially renamed the section of 16th Street Black Lives Matter Plaza.