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New permanent rainbow and trans Pride flag crosswalks coming to Calgary

This file photo from 2016 shows a rainbow crosswalk painted in the intersection of 8 Avenue and Centre Street, near the Calgary Tower.
This file photo from 2016 shows a rainbow crosswalk painted in the intersection of 8 Avenue and Centre Street, near the Calgary Tower. Global News

A busy intersection in downtown Calgary will soon become the permanent home of both a Pride flag crosswalk and a trans Pride flag crosswalk.

The symbols of diversity and solidarity will be painted on Stephen Avenue immediately east and west of Centre Street on Sunday.

According to Calgary Pride, Zoom Painting has committed to painting and maintaining the crosswalks for up to ten years.

READ MORE: Pride Without Prejudice: A conversation with Calgary’s LGBTQ community

In a news release, Calgary Pride said the location was chosen for several reasons including its high visibility and high pedestrian impact.

“Local businesses provided glowing messages of support, hugs, high fives and messages of, ‘Well, it’s about time’ in support of these colourful landmarks soon to brighten their doorsteps,” Calgary Pride stated.

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“This is not a statement that Calgary Pride or Calgary are as inclusive and diverse as we need to be, but instead a reminder of how far we’ve come, an ongoing commitment to never turn back and a pledge to continue down the path for all Calgarians to feel a sense of belonging.”

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A celebration of the crosswalks will be held on Monday from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m.

READ MORE: Pride divided: Leadership under pressure as LGBTQ2 community looks to future

The painting of the new crosswalks comes ahead of the city’s annual 11-day Calgary Pride Festival, which takes place Aug. 23 to Sept. 2, 2019.

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