February 21, 2014 City Council Approves Rainbow Crosswalks
TORONTO CITY COUNCIL APPROVES RAINBOW CROSSWALKS IN TIME FOR WORLDPRIDE 2014
TORONTO, ON, February 20, 2014 — Pride Toronto is pleased to announce that Toronto City Council has approved a motion by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam to fund the creation of crosswalks painted in the colours of the rainbow flag, an internationally-recognized symbol of the LGBTTIQQ2SA* (LGBTQ) communities.
The crosswalks will be installed in time for Toronto to welcome the world to WorldPride 2014 Toronto. They will be permanent additions to the neighbourhood streetscape celebrating Pride in Toronto's LGBTQ communities.
"Pride Toronto is thrilled that these crosswalks will welcome visitors to WorldPride this summer, and will remain a permanent legacy of the event for years to come. We appreciate the support of the City of Toronto for the project, which will bring colour to the streets and celebrate the history and future of Toronto's LGBTQ communities,” said Kevin Beaulieu, Executive Director of Pride Toronto.
"Painting our intersections in Rainbow colours will be the welcome mat that Toronto is putting out for the global LGBTQ community. It will show the world that Toronto is ready to welcome WorldPride to Toronto," Kristyn Wong-Tam, Toronto City Councillor Ward 27, Toronto Centre Rosedale.
About WorldPride 2014 Toronto and Pride Toronto
WorldPride 2014 Toronto is an international celebration taking place from June 20 – 29, 2014 that incorporates activism, education, and the history and culture of global LGBTTIQQ2SA communities. WorldPride 2014 Toronto is presented by Pride Toronto, producer of Canada’s largest annual festival of LGBTTIQQ2SA* culture and human rights, under license from InterPride.
*LGBTTIQQ2SA is an abbreviation used to represent a broad array of identities such as, but not limited to, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning, two-spirited, and allies.
For more information visit www.worldpridetoronto.com
Trevor Hampden, Trevor@pridetoronto.com
Communications Manager, WorldPride 2014 Toronto