A RAINBOW road crossing could become a permanent memorial.

Campaigner Mark Silver is hoping a multi-coloured zebra crossing could be installed in St James’s Street, Brighton, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.

Inspired by a new rainbow crossing in Lambeth, London, Marc, who runs LGBT travel agency Beoutbefree, thinks St James’s Street would be the perfect setting for a permanent memorial.

He said: “Kemp Town is historically and unofficially the LGBT area in Brighton and would be a perfect area for such an important historical milestone to be celebrated with a visual piece of art that also represents the past struggles the community has had and where we are today.

“It would be a statement to the future to how there is still work to do as well as celebrating diversity in our beloved city of Brighton and Hove that many LGBT people now call home.”

Marc does not believe the project should be publicly funded so has started fundraising and is asking the community and businesses to support his idea.

Marc has begun discussions with Brighton and Hove City Council and the Highways Agency about the feasibility of his idea.

But the Lambeth crossing means there is already a legal precedent for a non-black and white crossing in the UK.

Rainbow crossings already exist in Tokyo, Stockholm and Cologne.

In 2014, councillors in Totnes in Devon gave the green light to creating the country’s first rainbow crossing but ran into difficulties over safety concerns. A relocated crossing is now due to be installed later there this year.

Marc estimates the project could cost about £20,000 but has pledged that any remaining funds raised would be donated to the Rainbow Hub charity, also in St James’s Street.

“Let’s see what we can do together and celebrate our great diversity that we cherish and appreciate,” he said.

To support the campaign go to https://www.gofundme.com/f/brighton-rainbow-crossing.