West Hollywood’s increasing diversity inspires mixed emotions

The new logo flag flies over the rooftop of the West Hollywood City Hall located on Santa Monica Blvd in West Hollywood on March 6, 2014. West Hollywood officials this month removed the rainbow flag saying the city needs to be inclusive of all its residents, not just gay community. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times/MCT)  Al SeibCouncilman John Duran and his gay colleagues on the West Hollywood City Council never expected a backlash when they voted recently to remove the rainbow flag from above City Hall.

For Duran, who is gay, taking down the flag wasn’t about slighting gays but sending a message about the city’s diversity.

“It’s not just a city of gay men. It belongs to heterosexual people as well,” he said.

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