Stratford, ON – Stratford’s new rainbow crosswalk in downtown Stratford was vandalized with black paint during the early morning of September 8, 2021.
The vandalism was discovered by Stratford Public Works employees who immediately informed the police. Public works quickly cleaned off the crosswalk to the best of their ability.
“This is disheartening for our community but sadly not shocking,” says AJ Adams, president of Stratford-Perth Pride “However, we need to remember that with every act of hate, there are a million more acts of love.”
This vandalism doesn’t come as a surprise as other new rainbow crosswalks in Ontario have been vandalized shortly after their installations; Wasaga Beach and Owen Sound for example..
“We are so thankful to the Public Works employees who acted so quickly to clean up the vandalism and to Jessica Elliott of Powerhouse Painting who installed the project and is working on additional cleaning measures to remove the subtle remains of the spray paint,” says Adams.
The crosswalk was installed earlier this week by Stratford-Perth Pride in partnership with Kelly Ballantyne and only possible with 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.
Stratford-Perth Pride provides LGBTQ2S+ programming to make Perth County a more welcoming, accepting and inclusive community for gender and sexually diverse individuals.
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For Further Information Contact
AJ Adams (he/him)
President of Stratford-Perth Pride