New Penticton crosswalk celebrates diversity

Rainbow crosswalk for all

UPDATE: 5:20 p.m.

The City of Penticton has hit back at people on social media who chose to post derogatory messages about the new rainbow crosswalk.

Acting Mayor Helena Konanz, School District 67 chair James Palanio and Penticton Indian Band Chief Greg Gabrial issued a joint press release Wednesday afternoon condemning any hateful messages about the project.

Their full response is as follows:

"Today was a moment of pride in Penticton, with the installation of a Two - Spirit rainbow crosswalk that honours the diversity of the community.

The initiative for this symbol of hope came from students at Queen's Park Elementary who showed leadership in requesting a tangible sign of support for diverse and inclusive communities. It's a reminder that children start from a place of acceptance. And that's a lesson for all of us.

Since the installation there have been many vile comments on social media that highlight the need to show support for all members of our community. For the rainbow crosswalk to be a true symbol there needs to condemnation of bullying and intolerance.

The installation of this symbol is not the end, it is the beginning. As elected leaders, we stand for a community that is diverse, open and accepting. There's no place for hate.

And to the kids who requested the rainbow crosswalk, thank you for showing the way.”

ORIGINAL: 3:20 p.m.

A new rainbow crosswalk celebrating diversity has been installed in Penticton.

Located adjacent to Queen's Park Elementary School — whose students brought the original idea to local council — the crosswalk represents the LGBTQIA2S+ members of the city.

"Today, the pieces came together, symbolizing our commitment to create an inclusive, healthy, safe and desirable place for all to live," the city shared on social media Wednesday.

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