THE PATH TO PRIDE

Rainbow Crosswalk in Downtown Stratford

Stratford-Perth Pride in partnership with Kelly Ballantyne collaborated to bring the rainbow crosswalk to downtown Stratford – the first in Perth County. This crosswalk would not be possible without the generosity of Magest Building Systems Limited on behalf of Attwell & Ewan Martin. This project is also only possible thanks to Jessica Elliott and Rachael Burton of Powerhouse Painting who donated their time and created this piece of art in beautiful downtown Stratford.

We would also like to thank to the Stratford City Council for their unanimous approval of this project and support of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community in Stratford.

Why a Progress flag?

While retaining the common six-stripe rainbow design of the Rainbow Pride Flag, the newer and more inclusive “Progress Pride Flag” adds a chevron along the hoist that features black, brown, light blue, pink, and white stripes to represent people of colour, trans individuals, and those living with and lost to HIV/AIDS. Daniel Quasar, a non-binary artist and designer of the Progress Flag states “the arrow points to the right to show forward movement, while being along the left edge shows that progress still needs to be made.”

PARTNERS AND SPONSORS
  • Kelly Ballantyne (Sirkel Foods!)
  • Powerhouse Painting (Jessica Elliott & Rachael Burton) – with volunteer support from John Hendwood
  • Magest Building Systems Limited on behalf of Attwell & Ewan Martin
PROJECT DATE

June to October 2021 

STATUS

Complete (October 2021)