CASTLEGAR – A rainbow of support has appeared on the Castlegar Campus as Selkirk College marks its support for its LGBTQ students.
The decision to make this bold and beautiful statement comes from the Student Access and Support (SAS) Department. Campus management and maintenance staff were on board to make it happen.
“We in the SAS department are aware of the challenges faced by the LGBGQ community and wish to do as much as we can to support them,” says Paris Voykin, who volunteered to lead the initiative on behalf of SAS.
Crossing the street on the Castlegar Campus just got a little brighter as a rainbow of support for LGBTQ students at Selkirk College was recently painted on the crosswalk.
The idea to paint rainbow crosswalks originated in West Hollywood in 2012 as part of the Gay Pride Month celebrations. And the idea has caught on as way to express support for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans or Questioning community. About one in every 10 people is LGBTQ.
Vancouver unveiled Canada’s first permanent rainbow crosswalk in 2013 and the City of Castlegar turned a 3rd Street cross-walk into a rainbow in 2014 to show its support for gay pride. Nelson recently painted its crosswalk outside the Public Library on Stanley Street with a rainbow as the city readies to put on its 20th anniversary gay pride parade on Sunday, September 4.
Selkirk College has plans to take more rainbows from the sky and paint them on the Tenth Street and Silver King campuses in Nelson.
Along with a very visual public display, behind the rainbow cross walk initiative are further initiatives of support. Door signs to SAS offices specifically welcome LGBTQ students and the department is currently in discussion about more labeling washrooms for gender neutrality.
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