The University of British Columbia says it has installed its first LGBTQ pride installation at its Point Grey campus.
A rainbow-coloured wall painted on a large concrete wall just outside the AMS Nest building, facing University Commons plaza, now provides the campus with a visual celebration of the LGBTQ community.
This particular version of the rainbow also adds black and brown stripes at the top of the traditional rainbow to acknowledge black and brown individuals who identify as LGBTQ.
“The UBC Pride Installation is a permanent symbol of the university’s commitment to building an inclusive campus community. By placing this mural in a public location, we hope to signal that UBC is a positive space for all,” said Sara-Jane Finlay, associate vice-president of equity and inclusion at UBC, in a statement.
The installation was funded by the graduation class of 2018, and its location and design were chosen following input from an online vote and the on-campus LGBTQ community.
An event will be held on Monday, October 15 to celebrate the installation.