Halton Hills Celebrates Their First Rainbow Crosswalk

Posted On Friday September 25, 2020

Rainbows are a symbol of hope, strength and inspiration. As such, rainbow crosswalks have become a way for towns and cities to show support and acceptance for the 2SLGBTQ+ people living in them.

The Town of Halton Hills celebrated the first-ever rainbow crosswalk, installed in downtown Georgetown on September 22, 2020. The event was officiated by Mayor Bonnette and took place at 4 pm in front of the Halton Hills Public Library Georgetown Branch and Cultural Center. Due to current Covid-19 protocols, the event was attended by Councillors, sponsors and some staff members associated with the project. The event was streamed live on the Halton Hills Public Library Facebook page[MOU1]  for residents to participate virtually.

Hula hoops and hockey sticks were utilized in a fun way to ensure physical distancing guidelines were met at the unveiling. To commemorate the event, the photos taken recreated the iconic Beatles, Abbey Road album cover photo, as a means of remaining together yet apart on the crosswalk.

The multi-colour crosswalk is adjacent to the Halton Hills Public Library – Georgetown Branch and Cultural Centre – where Market and Church Streets meet. Rainbow crosswalks allow communities and residents to express support and show diversity and inclusion.

“Rainbows have long been a symbol of the LGBTQ community,” said Mayor Rick Bonnette. “The unveiling of Halton Hills’ first rainbow coloured crosswalk downtown creates a permanent visual show of support for our 2SLGBTQ+ community.”

The Halton Hills Public Library is contributing to the initiative along with other local businesses supporting the rainbow crosswalk installation including: Generations Physiotherapy Centre, Georgetown Chevrolet Bick GMC/Ltd., Inkwell Montessori and GAE Inc., Your Home Today Realty Inc. Brokerage, Sil Sells Inc., Cartwheels Gym Centre and Friends of the Halton Hills Library.

“In the spirit of a multi-coloured crosswalk many people from the community came together to make this permanent demonstration of diversity a reality in Halton Hills,” said Councillor Jane Fogal. “‘And I’d like to thank the Town and our sponsors for making it happen.”