Long Beach's Rainbow Lifeguard Tower Burns Down, a Likely 'Act of Hate'

by Daniel Reynolds (Advocate.com)

A symbol of Pride has been reduced to rubble and ash, with the mayor suspecting foul play.

A rainbow lifeguard tower in Long Beach, Calif., burned down early Tuesday, and the mayor suspects it to be an "act of hate."

Firefighters responded to the flames just after midnight. And now an investigation into its origins has been opened, according to Long Beach Marine Safety Chief Gonzalo Medina.

“The tower served as a symbol of our strong support for diversity within our ranks and the LGBTQ community who call Long Beach home,” Medina said, according to the Los Angeles Times. “The tower will be replaced and repainted by lifeguards.”