Leslie Cochran Street?

Locals want Sixth Street renamed in honor of Austin icon Leslie Cochran

Locals want Sixth Street renamed for Austin icon Leslie Cochran

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Leslie Cochran, Sixth Street staple and former Austin mayoral candidate, may get a portion of downtown named after him if independent filmmakers have their way. Freckled Fanny Films/Facebook

 With the likes of Willie Nelson Boulevard, Austin is no stranger to celebrity-named roadways. But what about Leslie Cochran? A new petition hopes to get a portion of Sixth Street renamed in honor of the colorful cross-dresser and local cultural icon.

According to KXAN, the petition suggests that the block of Sixth Street from Trinity Street to San Jacinto Boulevard be renamed in honor of Cochran, who died in March 2012

With his attention-grabbing antics and prolific use of thongs and fishnets, Cochran left quite the impression on the downtown scene. After his death, Cochran's story continues to shape Austin, and an independent documentary hopes to continue his legacy.

"He basically gave license to people to be who they really wanted to be," Tracy Frazier, co-producer of the film LESLIE, told KXAN. "He made you feel like you could belong."

Frazier collected signatures for the petition at The ABGB on Sunday during an event to raise awareness of the film's Kickstarter campaign. The film's producers are currently raising money for the post-production of LESLIE. As of Monday, the project (which has a goal of $36,400) was $10,000 short with only five days to go. 

CultureMap reached out to Frazier for details on the petition; as of press time, those inquiries had not been returned.