Calgary crosswalk painted with transgender flag
Calgary is now the third city in Canada with such a crosswalk
Calgary Pride week festivities are kicking off with a milestone — the city has its first transgender flag crosswalk.
Calgary Pride organizers didn't have to advocate for the painted flag at 17th Avenue at Fourth Street S.W., said president Jason Kingsley.
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"I'm really honoured and proud of the city and where we're at," he said. "The fact that they [the city] approached us and were willing to work with us and have representation of the transgender community this year is absolutely fantastic and speaks volumes as to where we are as a city."
The transgender flag sits across from a rainbow flag painted in the same intersection, also in honour of Pride week.
Calgary is now the third city in Canada to install a transgender flag crosswalk. Lethbridge and Whitehorse already have one.
"The external perception is still really that we're a conservative, kind of redneck, cowboy kind of town. And the fact that Calgary has a transgender flag ahead of Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and some of the other larger cities in Canada I think really says a lot about us and who we are as Calgarians and as Albertans," Kingsley said.
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