LGBT in B.C.: Whistler unveils two new rainbow crosswalks while Fort Langley's vandalized

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      Although numerous municipalities throughout B.C. have been adding rainbow crosswalks to their streets, their reception hasn't necessarily been all sunshine and roses. 

      Only a few days after Fort Langley installed its first rainbow crosswalk at Glover Road and Mary Avenue on September 14, it was vandalized.

      A driver left black skid marks on the crosswalk during the weekend.

      Langley artist Elaine Brewer-White and several other artists had pitched the idea over a year ago and raised the funds through private donations to paint the crosswalk.

      Langley city council voted for the project, which was conceived of as a public art project intended to promote inclusivity.

      On September 18, a township crew used a pressure-washer to remove the tire tracks, with some later touch-ups added to the paint.

      A few other installations of rainbow crosswalks have been met with resistance or attempts to deface them.

      In July 2015, a man poured white paint on New Westminster's rainbow crosswalk.

      In June of this year, a vinyl rainbow crosswalk was vandalized within the first hour of its installation in Campbell River.

      Other incidents of vandalism of rainbow crosswalks outside of B.C. have taken place in Fort McMurray, Alberta; Lethbridge, Alberta; Whitehorse, Yukon; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; and Miramichi, New Brunswick.

      Despite those examples, there are numerous places where the colourful crosswalks have been greeted without incident, and an increasing number of municipalities are installing them.

      Since Vancouver unveiled Canada's first rainbow crosswalks in 2013 at Davie and Bute streets, B.C. rainbow crosswalks have been added to streets in New Westminster, Squamish, Maple Ridge, Nanaimo, Victoria, KelownaCastlegar, Terrace, Prince Rupert, Masset, and more.

      On September 15, Whistler unveiled two new rainbow crosswalks in the Whistler Village, just as the Whistler Pride and Ski Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

      Port Moody voted on September 12 for rainbow crosswalks to be installed and Coquitlam is currently considering following suit.

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