Rainbow crosswalk added in downtown
Volunteers from Southwest Saskatchewan Pride were busy last Wednesday installing the first permanent Rainbow Crosswalk in Saskatchewan.
The multi-coloured crosswalk was painted in the 200 block of Central Ave. with the support of the City of Swift Current and Paula Mcguigan Professional Painting. The Rainbow Crosswalk is a representation of the support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) individuals and was added in the days leading up to Swift Current’s first Pride Week on May 28 to June 3.
“I am so very proud of Swift Current. I think our community has really come together to support LGBT people.” stated Andrea Mccrimmon, President of Southwest Saskatchewan Pride. “It’s an important moment in history, that a small city in Saskatchewan was the first to install a Rainbow Crosswalk. It very much speaks to the inclusive attitudes of our city, and it makes our community stronger. Swift Current has a strong LGBT community. This is important for us, and it’s good.”
Vancouver was the location of Canada’s first permanent Rainbow Crosswalk in Canada back in 2013, and communities across BC, Alberta, and Ontario have also adopted these colourful crosswalks.