Support For Local LGBTQ+ Comes Out After Pride Crosswalk Defaced

Prescott Pride Crosswalk

Mayor Brett Todd says a recent vandalism over the rainbow pride crosswalk has proven to be a positive.

Over the weekend, vandals had driven over the newly painted rainbow walkway. Burned out tire marks defaced the project, which was done on Wednesday in honour of Pride Month, and in support of the LGBTQ+ community.

After the vandalism came to light, Todd took to his personal Facebook page, and did not mince words.

"I really did not believe that people here -- in my hometown, one of the most welcoming, positive small towns in Ontario, in my opinion -- would do something so hateful and destructive," he wrote, saying he was speaking on a personal note, not in an official capacity as mayor.

"Quite frankly, I don't want people who would do something this hateful, this ignorant, this bigoted here in Prescott."

But Todd says that since the post, there's been an outpouring of support for the LGBTQ community and the existence of the crosswalk.

Todd says he's proud.

"In the end, it's a message to the person, or persons, who did this, the community is united. The community is a welcoming and pride supporting place," he explains of the reaction.

"That these sorts of acts will not be tolerated by the municipality, or by the average person in Prescott."

Todd says the roadway will be repainted as many times as needed.

On Monday night, the township also raised a rainbow flag flying high outside in honour of pride month. It was planned separately from the vandalism, but also expressed "solidarity with Pride celebrations across Canada" says Todd.

Todd thanked Joan Hodge for pitching the idea of a Pride Crosswalk last year and being on hand to help us raise the flag on Monday.

He says in the end he's taking away a message of positivity, because the amount of those in the community that have actually spoken out in support of the crosswalk now outweighs the bad intention.