LONG BEACH, CA — (03-24-21) — Investigators believe that the famous Gay Pride Rainbow Lifeguard Tower that was burned down last Tuesday, was an actor of arson. Firefighters arrived on scene around midnight and found the Rainbow tower, which overlooked the shoreline near 12th Place, engulfed in flames. Long Beach Marine Safety Chief Gonzalo Medina confirmed to our newsroom that an investigation is underway.
“The tower served as a symbol of our strong support for diversity within our ranks and the LGBTQ community who call Long Beach home,” said Medina. “The tower will be replaced and repainted by lifeguards.” said Medina.
Mayor Robert Garcia This Was An Act of Hate
Last night, our PRIDE lifeguard station that was painted by LGBTQ+ lifeguards, burned down. The fire is under investigation but I personally have little doubt this was an act of hate. To whoever committed this act, we will rebuild it better and brighter. pic.twitter.com/VxNQZgCBpF
— Robert Garcia (@RobertGarcia) March 23, 2021
Long Beach is well known by not only the LGBTQ community but also by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation for being one of the top cities for LGBTQ local laws and policies.
A GoFundMe Page has already been created to gather donations to rebuild.
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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