West Hollywood to make over city flag in rainbow pride colors

West Hollywood to make over city flag in rainbow pride colors
The existing West Hollywood flag (right) with white blocks on a blue background, will be modified to reflect rainbow colored blocks on a white background.

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif — The city of West Hollywood is adding the colors of gay pride to its city flag after drawing criticism for removing a rainbow flag from City Hall last month.

seal-wehoThe City Council agreed Monday to add rainbow colors to its existing logo, which depicts a rough city outline made of blocks, reported the Los Angeles Times. The new flag will mirror the city seal (pictured, right).

It will replace the current city flags with a blue background and white blocks flying throughout the city.

A rainbow flag — often used as a symbol of gay pride — was raised above City Hall in June but it was removed in January after the council voted to maintain the practice of flying only the U.S., state and city flags.

More than 40 percent of residents in the Los Angeles suburb identify themselves as gay or lesbian and four of the five council members are gay.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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