Rainbow crosswalk celebrating LGBTQ community planned for International Village

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Council will consider the project, which uses provincial funds connected to Canada’s 150th anniversary

By Dave Beatty

A special splash of colour is planned for Hamilton’s International Village: the neighbourhood’s BIA has received a provincial grant to create a “rainbow crosswalk” at the intersection of King William Street and Ferguson Avenue.

“It’s a celebration of inclusiveness,” said Susie Braithwaite, executive director of the International Village BIA. “We have a long tradition of inclusiveness with the LGBTQ community. We want to make sure they feel welcome.”

The intersection is right next to the old Steel Lounge, which “unfortunately closed down last year,” Braithwaite points out. She said there was no specific thing that motivated this project, but “this is something I’ve always wanted to do in the neighbourhood.”

“I’ve been there for seven years. I have a lot of friends in the LGBTQ community, and wanted to show inclusiveness. That’s why I applied for this grant.”

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