Rainbow crosswalks approved for Burin and Fortune
Councils showing support for inclusion initiatives
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.
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.