Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Rainbow sidewalks will be painted outside Vancouver Island hospitals to celebrate Pride


Island Health have announced plans to paint rainbow sidewalks at three hospitals on Vancouver Island in celebration of Pride Week.

According to a statement on Wednesday, these sidewalks will be painted at Royal Jubilee Hospital, Nanaimo Regional General Hospital and North Island Comox Valley Hospital.

Black and brown stripes will be painted along with the usual rainbow to represent LGBTQ2S+ communities of colour.

“Island Health is committed to addressing discrimination against people because of who they are or whom they love,” said Leah Hollins, Chair for the Island Health Board of Directors, in a statement.

“Rainbow sidewalks make this commitment visible and recognize the diversity and inclusivity of the LGBTQ2S+ community.”

The health authority says they will continue to review other health care facilities in the region for the potential to paint more sidewalks.

For now, the three sidewalks will be painted by the end of August.

Brishti Basu
Former Senior Staff Writer and Content Manager at Victoria Buzz.

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