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City planning rainbow crosswalk to honor '2SLGBTQIA+ community' disables comments on Twitter post about the project
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City planning rainbow crosswalk to honor '2SLGBTQIA+ community' disables comments on Twitter post about the project

The City of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, is planning to create a rainbow crosswalk in a show of support for those who identify a "2SLGBTQIA+."

Guelph posted a tweet on Monday soliciting comments from the public about how the city can make people feel safe as well as celebrated — the tweet includes the link to a site where people can share their thoughts. On Tuesday, the city appended another post announcing that comments had been disabled on the tweet.

"We’re installing a rainbow crosswalk this month and we want to hear what you need from us as a City to feel included, safe and celebrated in Guelph. Comments are anonymous. Let us know here by May 14," the city tweeted on Monday, providing a link to the haveyoursay.guelph.ca website. "We have turned off comments on this post to ensure that all those who view it can do so in an environment that is respectful to all," the city added in a tweet on Tuesday.

The city offers a "Safe Space Comment Box" on the website where people can provide their opinions about how the city can make people feel as though they are "included, safe and celebrated."

"Inspired by similar installations in other cities worldwide, Guelph citizens requested the City consider the installation at a prominent location in close proximity to downtown. Also, a petition in 2021 garnered over 1900 signatures in support of the rainbow crosswalk," the website claims.

The city is soliciting stories and images from the public about what the crosswalk will mean to them. Guelph is also inviting people to explain how they believe the city should celebrate the launch of the crosswalk.

"For inclusion, the design of the crosswalk is based on the progress flag. The main section of the flag includes the traditional Pride coloured stripes representing life, healing, sunlight, nature, harmony/peace, and spirit. The edge of the flag includes blue and pink stripes to represent the trans community, a brown stripe to represent people of colour, and a black stripe to represent those lost during the AIDS crisis. These are in a chevron shape, with arrow points to the right to indicate forward movement, while set on the edge to show progress still needs to be made," according to the website.

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Alex Nitzberg

Alex Nitzberg

Alex Nitzberg is a staff writer for Blaze News.
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