Rainbow crosswalk to greet returning Burnaby students

First, a rainbow crosswalk was painted near Metrotown to mark Burnaby’s first-ever Pride event.

Now, one has been painted at the entrance of Burnaby Mountain Secondary School.

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It’s earning praise from the community.

Jen Mezei tweeted out a photo of the crosswalk on Wednesday.

“So excited that the rainbow crosswalk at my neighbourhood school is ready for next week,” said Mezei’s tweet. “I am incredibly proud to be part of this community.”

School starts on Tuesday so they will be greeted with this splash of colour.

The only concern might be that every new rainbow crosswalk seems to get vandalized.

The rainbow crosswalk located on Jubilee Avenue across from the baseball fields was painted by the City of Burnaby and was immediately vandalized.

Evelyn McGowan, from the Burnaby Youth Hub and one of the organizers of Burnaby Pride, said she was disappointed to hear about the vandalism.

“The rainbow crosswalk was installed as a symbol of hope and love, inclusion and belonging and to recognize and celebrate the LGBTQ2S+ community in Burnaby, which exists and has always existed, and vandalism to this crosswalk shows a fundamental disrespect for the residents of Burnaby, particularly the LGBTQ2S+ community,” she said.



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