Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Rainbow for Vernon?

By Kate Bouey - CASTANET Oct 11, 2016 / 5:51 pm
Vernon city council may be about to approve a rainbow crosswalk in support of the LGBTQ community, but where it will go is not clear. Council heard Tuesday from local resident Travis Irmen who began an online campaign some months ago in the hopes of convincing council to put in an eight-colour rainbow crosswalk on 30th Avenue in the downtown core. “Ive seen an incredible change for the support of the LGBTQ (in Vernon),” Irmen told council. But he added that others did not have the support he's been shown and still “feel the painful sting of homophobia.” A number of councillors indicated they are in support of a rainbow crosswalk, but councillor Bob Spiers said he'd like to see it by a school. “It seems to make more sense to me to have it at schools, to promote the anti-bullying (message), to promote the inclusion of all.” “I like the school idea because it acts as an educational tool for all the younger kids,” agreed Mayor Akbal Mund. “I think having it at the Beairsto (school) crossing would be a great idea.” While Irmen said he would like to see rainbow crosswalks outside schools, he pressed for the downtown location for impact, pointing to a rainbow crosswalk in downtown Kelowna. “Talking to people in Kelowna, it would actually draw people to the downtown core.” Council will discuss the matter at its next meeting.
Also See: http://infotel.ca/newsitem/vernon-man-asks-city-to-give-rainbow-crosswalk-the-green-light/it35456
or http://www.vernonmorningstar.com/news/396732201.html
or http://www.1075kiss.com/top-news-stories/2016/10/11/rainbow-crosswalk-gets-positive-reception

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