Brighton was given a colourful makeover earlier this week as Heather Peace unveiled Europe’s first official ‘rainbow crossing’ to celebrate not only LGBT Pride Month but the release of her new single “We Can Change”.

Our favourite Lip Service/Waterloo Road actress and Brighton based singer songwriter has written the song that she refers to as her big gay anthem, calling to change for all minorities.

Created by local artists overnight, the rainbow stretches across the road at the artists’ quarter of Madeira Drive and although it isn’t an official pedestrian crossing, Heather hopes it will stay. Carolina Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion, and Councillor Phelim Mac Cafferty have showed support for the project, so maybe it can.

If it does, then do make sure to check it out.

“I knew there could be no better place in Europe to create a Rainbow Crossing than in my home town of Brighton,” said Heather.

“We Can Change, is my big gay anthem. It’s an empowering tribute to equality and I wanted the crossing to be a beautiful symbol to represent that during LGBT Pride month. It’s a gift from me to anyone that embraces diversity.”

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Over the last few years, rainbow crossings have become synonymous around the world as a celebration of diversity. The first crossing was launched in West Hollywood in 2012 by artist Martin Duvander.

Since then, official crossings have been unveiled in cities including Sydney, Melbourne and Tel Aviv, while unofficial DIY crossings have popped up in places like Moscow, Paris, Shanghai and Cambodia as marks of protest and solidarity for LGBT people.

Heather Peace has been an actress for 18 years starring in shows like London’s Burning, Ultimate Force, Lip Service and most recently Waterloo Road and Prey. We Can Change features on her second studio album, The Thin Line, which is released today.

A gay icon, Heather has appeared in the top ten of the Independent On Sunday’s Pink List twice, graced the cover of DIVA Magazine more times than any other artist and headlined Sydney Mardi Gras’ Fair Day. She’s also a patron for Diversity Role Models, Manchester Pride and a supporter of The Peter Tatchell Foundation, The Albert Kennedy Trust, Womankind and Stonewall. She will perform at various Pride events this summer.

Heather Peace’s album is out this week. You can get it here:

Note: government traffic regulations mean that the ‘rainbow crossing’ artwork cannot be considered as an official pedestrian crossing.

Images: Michelle Robek