Devon Hargreaves with the Lethbridge Pride Fest Society says Lethbridge is a very accepting community, despite some of the vandalism done to the crosswalks in the past. He says "you can't define a community by the actions of a few."
Re-painting of the rainbow flag and transgender flag crosswalks taking place in downtown Lethbridge Wednesday (June 13).
The crosswalks are along 3rd Avenue South right in front of the Southern Alberta Art Gallery.
Devon Hargreaves with Lethbridge Pride Fest says despite some of the past vandalism of the crosswalks, Lethbridge is a very accepting community. He says "you can't define a community on the bad actions of a few."
The Pride Fest Society covered the entire $3000 cost to re-paint the crosswalks and Hargreaves notes the group has wonderful support. He notes time are changing in southern Alberta when it comes to the acceptance of the LGBTQ2+ community, referring to the Pride Flag be raised for the first time last year in Taber and for the first time this year in both Cardston and Pincher Creek.
Hargreaves says the rainbow flag stands for equality and inclusion of all people.
Permanent rainbow flag and transgender flag crosswalks with be constructed and inlaid into the pavement as part of the 3rd Avenue Reconstruction Project which was approved by City Council last year. Pride Fest is also footing the bill for the permanent ones.
Lethbridge Pride Fest is taking place June 15th to 23rf with numerous events planned, including the annual Pride Parade on June 23rd. - Pat Siedlecki