Calgary Pride takes BLM graffiti on pride crosswalk in stride
BLM was spray painted on the pride crosswalk in downtown Calgary on the weekend of Sept. 26, 2020
CALGARY -- Vandalism to a rainbow crosswalk in downtown Calgary is being embraced as inclusive and officials say it will not be scrubbed away.
Calgary Pride took to Twitter on Sunday to confirm BLM — the initials of the Black Lives Matter movement — had been spray painted on the pride crosswalk on Stephen Avenue but there were no plans to remove the graffiti calling for societal change.
"We've requested that it not be touched or changed for the time being," said Calgary Pride in Sunday evening's Twitter post. "The Pride movement was born inside the courage of Black Trans folks who fought back in the face of oppression.
"Calgary Pride supports the BLM movement and message. Black Lives Matter. Indigenous Lives Matter. Trans Lives Matter. Their stories matter and they cannot be erased."
Calgary Pride issued a statement Monday afternoon.
"Community consultation is of utmost importance to our organization. We will not comment on behalf of the Black Lives Matter movement without first ensuring that the voices of that movement are centred within the discussion," it read.
"Calgary Pride has connected with Black Lives Matter YYC, and we are committed to moving forward in a manner that honours the voices of our communities. We hope to provide more information by next week."