May 21, 2022

A vandalized rainbow crosswalk with a Bible verse / LGBTQ Nation

A rainbow crosswalk in CanadaPhoto: Shutterstock

A rainbow crosswalk in Port Colborne, Canada, has been defaced by a Bible verse and is being repainted to repair the damage. The pedestrian crossing was damaged just days after it was installed.

The unknown fanatic left Genesis 9:13, a verse commonly used to assert that the LGBTQ community stole the rainbow from God. Christian activists have launched a campaign to “reclaim” the rainbow.

Related: John Lewis’ motorcade stops at rainbow crosswalks to honor his support for LGBTQ people

“I have put my rainbow in the clouds,” the verse says, “and that will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. I will remember my covenant between me and you and all beings of every kind, never again shall the waters become a flood to destroy all life.

Local resident Austin Gooder pointed out the ridiculous motivation behind the petty crime.

“If the rainbow is a sign from God,” he told local news, “then people who vandalize a rainbow crosswalk will be vandalizing a sign from God. logical contradiction.

Many North American cities have permanent rainbow crosswalks.

West Hollywood got theirs in 2012 (even though they were originally only for Pride month), Vancouver installed them in 2013, Toronto got theirs in 2014 for World Pride, San Francisco and Toronto got their permanent rainbow crosswalks the same year, Seattle got 11 in its Capitol Hill neighborhood in 2015, Philadelphia also installed its own in 2015, and Ottawa and Long Beach installed theirs in 2016.

Atlanta, Florida, New Jersey and Phoenix also recently installed permanent rainbow crosswalks.

While catwalks are a brilliant and inexpensive way to show support for local LGBTQ people, they’re also ideal targets for vandals looking to antagonize queer communities. Rainbow crosswalks have been spat out and vandalized with swastikas and “Christian” graffiti.

Earlier this summer, a Trump-loving vandal caused more than $16,000 in damage to a Florida town’s new rainbow crosswalk.

In May, students at Royal Bay High School in Colwood, British Columbia, discovered that hateful words like “faggot” and “fuck gays” had been spray-painted across their crosswalk with the rainbow flag. sky, as well as drawings of genitals and other words.