They said they are privileged to have the support from the school and their teachers.

For the future

Finley said response has been mostly positive.

They said the staircase is to show anyone who might identify as LGBT they are welcome at Rothesay High School.

The school has its own LGBT support community, called the Gender Sexuality Alliance, where students gather to promote rights and equality within the high school.

“It’s a general safe space,” said Lockyer.

rainbow staircase

Julia Fitzgerald, Grace Finley, and Bridget Lockyer painted a rainbow flag on a staircase at Rothesay High School. (Brian Chisholm/CBC)

Lockyer said she hopes there will come a day when her children don’t need rainbow staircases or crosswalks to feel supported.

“I just hope one day my kids don’t have to worry about being hurt or bullied because they are a part of that community and they can just be themselves,” said Lockyer.

“I hope that day comes sooner rather than later.”

With files from Brian Chisholm