Ahead of Burnaby’s second-ever Pride celebration, a city councillor is pushing for four more rainbow crosswalks at the city’s major intersections.
Dan Johnston’s motion, which is scheduled to be deliberated in on Monday night’s Burnaby city council meeting, is requesting city staff to identify four high-profile intersections for the eventual painting of LGBTQ rainbow crosswalks across the city.
On his notice of motion, Johnston cites a joint study by the Canadian Community Health Survey and B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS done in 2017 that estimated the LGBTQ population in the neighbouring City of Vancouver to be more than 40,000 “in an environment where not everyone is willing or able to declare”.
“Proportionally comparable populations of LGBTQ are believed to exists in neighbouring metro communities,” Johnston adds in his motion.
The councillor wants his peers' approval to direct city staff to aim for painting the first of the four rainbow crosswalks prior to Burnaby’s Pride celebration in August 2019.
The newly requested rainbow crosswalks will be an addition to Burnaby’s previous rainbow crosswalk painted last year on Jubilee Avenue in Metrotown. The crosswalk was vandalized ahead of last year’s Pride event, Burnaby’s first-ever pride celebration, but was promptly repaired.
Johnston suggests the city could use its annual revenues from Grand Villa Casino to cover the cost of the installations to avoid an impact on Burnaby’s taxpayers.
Right now, there are more than 40 LGBTQ rainbow crosswalks across B.C.
Earlier this month, Port Moody unveiled a rainbow crosswalk that cost the $13,000. Delta is also considering painting a rainbow crosswalk.
Johnston's motion passed unanimously this evening at Burnaby council.