Earlier this summer, Venice Pride painted a lifeguard tower on the beach in a rainbow color scheme as a temporary art installation, scheduled to end later this week.

The installation was so popular that a movement began to push the County Board of Supervisors to make it permanent.

Yesterday, they did just that, approving a motion by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl to keep the lifeguard tower wrapped in pride.

Kuehl highlighted the importance of the tower as a statement of inclusion, “”At a moment when human rights for many communities in this country are under threat, this dramatic artistic and political statement on Venice Beach offers people in Los Angeles a clear statement of inclusion.”

Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Bonin added that the move would have made his former boss Bill Rosendahl, in whose memory the tower will be dedicated, happy.

Happy indeed. One could even say gay.

(Featured image via Mike Bonin on Facebook)