LGBT in B.C.: Kelowna unveils rainbow crosswalks

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      Vancouver, Victoria, PrincetonMasset, New Westminster, and Castlegar all have them. Prince Rupert and Terrace are planning to get them.

      And now Kelowna has become the latest B.C. city to feature them.

      Four rainbow crosswalks were unveiled on August 6 at the intersection of Pandosy Street and Lawrence Avenue.

      “I believe all of our community members should live without discrimination," Mayor Colin Basran stated in a news release. "The City of Kelowna has taken this opportunity to demonstrate inclusivity and acceptance in our community.”

      The crosswalks were created just prior to the Okanagan Pride Festival, which kicks off on August 8. Their annual Pride Rally and March will be held on August 15, with Basran as the grand marshal. Also new this year is the Okanagan's first Trans Pride March, which will take place on August 11.

      Full details about the festival are available at Okanagan Pride website.

      While New Westminster also unveiled a rainbow crosswalk ahead of their Pride Week celebrations (from August 8 to 15), it was vandalized on the same day it debuted (on July 27).