Talk about taking back the streets. When a giant wooden cross appeared on Gay Street in New York’s Greenwich Village seemingly out of nowhere on Good Friday, residents decided to do something about it. In a simple act of love, they painted it in rainbow colors.
Someone chained a cross to Gay Street in Manhattan’s West Village, and what happened next was beautiful. In a stunning display of community and solidarity, neighbors and friends gathered to paint the cross the colors of the LGBTQ rainbow flag. 😉❤️💛💚💙💜Now it’s called “The Love Cross." #gaystreet #lovewins (📷: @micahsuelatter)
When the cross first showed up, it seemed impossible to make it disappear. Over nine days, its owner would return and chain it to different areas of the street. Not being able to move it, residents then decided to transform it.
“To be honest, I’m a Christian, and the cross means, love, peace and hope. And it was clear the owner of this cross did not share those values,” resident Micah Latter told The Huffington Post. It was Latter’s gate the cross was first chained to.
“Whatever [the] point, [it] was lost in translation. Their actions were pointless and annoying.”
Latter actually posted daily updates of the cross’ whereabouts to Instagram and tried to get help from neighborhood officials to remove it. Unsuccessful, she got some friends and family together and painted the cross in rainbow colors instead.
The work was done this past Sunday over champagne. They officially named the cross “The Love Cross” and changed the locks so the original owner wouldn’t be able to come back and move it.
”Neighbors and strangers came together on Gay St., all approaching the meaning of the cross with different personal views, yet we all shared the same love and support for the community that we bonded over,” said Latter.
“For two hours on a Sunday, it was just random strangers, tourists, straight couples, gay couples, kids and neighbors spreading love, painting rainbows on a cross, getting to know our neighbors, and drinking champagne on Gay St. It was a magical NYC evening!”