This article was published on August 3rd, 2012
The corner of Denman and Davie Streets are alive with colour today after the City of Vancouver painted the 4 crosswalks of the intersection with the colours of the rainbow, just in time for this weekend’s Vancouver Pride.
This is the first year the City of Vancouver has ever painted a crosswalk or any other landmark in the gay village for Vancouver Pride. Perhaps they got the idea from a blog post I published in June after returning home from LA Pride; where the City of West Hollywood painted the crosswalk in Boys Town in a rainbow at the cost of over $12,000.
City staffers did not return my requests of where the idea came from at the time I published this post. Regardless of where the idea came from, it’s a great gesture from the City of Vancouver. It is not known if the crosswalks will be painted only for Pride weekend, or if the City plans on making them permanent.
The City of Vancouver is a large supporter of Vancouver Pride, the largest annual event held in the city. The city proudly flies the rainbow flag at City Hall, issues a proclamation announcing Pride Week, participates in the Pride Parade and hangs the colourful rainbow flags throughout the city.
A big thank you to the City of Vancouver for supporting Pride, embracing diversity and the LGBT community!