A group of students at Rothesay High School are putting a new spin on the rainbow crosswalk, painting bright colours on a staircase in hopes of making LGBT students feel welcome.
Julia Fitzgerald, Grace Finley and Bridget Lockyer are the students behind the the colourful staircase.
“Once we had the idea, it happened,” said Lockyer.
Many other communities have faced controversy over rainbow sidewalks and flags but the girls said the steps of the schools belong to the students.
“For the steps, we didn’t have to fight anyone. We could just do it,” said Fitzgerald.
Finley said the paint was donated by the local Benjamin Moore store and the school bought the group’s painting supplies
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.
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“It’s a general safe space,” said Lockyer.
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