Rain­bow cross­walks ap­proved for Burin and For­tune

Coun­cils show­ing sup­port for in­clu­sion ini­tia­tives

The Southern Gazette - - Front Page - BY COLIN FAR­RELL BURIN PENIN­SULA, N.L. Colin.far­rell@south­erngazette.ca

The Towns of Burin and For­tune have voted in fa­vor of paint­ing cross­walks within their re­spec­tive com­mu­ni­ties rain­bow as a show of sup­port for mem­bers of the les­bian, gay, bi­sex­ual, trans­gen­der and queer/ques­tion­ing (LGBTQ) com­mu­nity.

Burin Coun­cil­lor Mar­cus Evans ex­plained to coun­cil that the town re­ceived a let­ter of sup­port from the Gay Straight Al­liance at Marys­town Cen­tral High School, in re­spect to the mo­tion for the in­stal­la­tion of a cross­walk in her­itage square in Burin.

The lo­ca­tion for the cross­walk is at the in­ter­sec­tion of Po­lice Road and Main Street.

“We think that this sends a good mes­sage not just to lo­cal res­i­dents, but be­yond Burin,” said Evans. “I think that many of us were very both­ered by the fail­ure of the coun­cil of Spring­dale to give their own stu­dents the rain­bow cross­walk they were seek­ing.

“We’ve seen a num­ber of mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties around the prov­ince re­act to that. I think we need to show that ru­ral New­found­land can do bet­ter than has been done, and I’m very happy to move that we in­stall a rain­bow cross walk here in Burin.”

The Town of For­tune will also add them­selves to the list of com­mu­ni­ties to have in­stalled a rain­bow cross­walk in the com­mu­nity.

For­tune Coun. Matthew Wood­land brought forth the mo­tion dur­ing the Mon­day, July 4 meet­ing of coun­cil.

“I’m sure we all heard the re­cent con­tro­versy,” he said of the de­ci­sion of the town coun­cil in Spring­dale. “Per­son­ally, it re­ally both­ered me all the hate­ful com­ments that I seen come out of it.”

He added that within the town they have res­i­dents who are mem­bers of the LGBTQ com­mu­nity, “I think it would be nice if we could show our sup­port with­out hav­ing to be asked first.”

Coun­cil ap­proved the paint­ing of a rain­bow cross­walk on For­est Road, in the area of Lake Academy.

“The school is our prop­erty, so that land is easy to do,” ex­plained Mayor Chares Pen­well.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Mem­bers of the stu­dent coun­cil at John Burke High in Grand Bank, along with the school’s guid­ance coun­selor and as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal painted a stair­well on the school prop­erty rain­bow on Mon­day, June 4.

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