One vis­i­ble way to show unity

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

One might no­tice that the tra­di­tional white cross­walks in Char­lot­te­town have re­cently been painted in all the col­ors of the rain­bow. Such tran­si­tion is on be­half of Pride Week that took place re­cently Is­land-wide.

The P.E.I. Pride Fes­ti­val has been tak­ing place for 23 years now, with events get­ting more ex­ten­sive each year. For many, this is seen as a ma­jor ad­vance­ment in human rights.

Paul MacGre­gor, the owner of the lo­cal restau­rant Skip’s Fish ‘n’ Chips, took to Face­book re­cently to say, “This is offensive to many tourists who come here to es­cape this left­ist agenda. You will never hear them say so, be­cause if they do, the bul­lies will take them to court.”

It is only re­cently that mem­bers of our fam­i­lies, com­mu­ni­ties, prov­ince, and na­tion have been com­fort­ably open with who are re­ally are. Paint­ing the cross­walks is a vis­i­ble way to show our sol­i­dar­ity to the LGBTQ com­mu­nity who has too long been per­se­cuted. Any un­favourable com­ment to­wards such ac­tion is an in­cred­i­bly back­ward way of think­ing. Ev­ery­one is en­ti­tled to his or her own opinion, but let’s not for­get the le­gal rights of all Cana­di­ans.

Katie Marie Mac­Don­ald, Char­lot­te­town

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