The City of Delta is considering a number of options that enable a physical visual recognition of its LGBTQ community, and this could potentially include a rainbow crosswalk.
It is estimated an installation of a 12-metre-long crosswalk will cost $6,500. Other symbols of inclusion could include rainbow benches, rainbow walls, and rainbow flags.
“The importance of seeing oneself reflected in society increases a person’s self-worth, sense of belonging and overall mental health,” reads a city staff report.
“Visible reminders to a community that diversity is something of value also support the development of an inclusive and welcoming city. Many cities across British Columbia have incorporated visible signs of welcome for the marginalized communities within their populations in order to demonstrate an intentional inclusion of everyone.”
The municipal government is currently examining the funding, design, and timeline for the suggested projects. It comes after a request from the Sher Vancouver LGBTQ Friends Society — a non-profit organization for LGBTQ South Asians — for the city to consider creating a rainbow crosswalk at a location in the community.
According to the society, there are over 40 LGBTQ rainbow crosswalks constructed or in the planning stages in communities across BC.
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