Rainbow crosswalks in two cities were vandalized with paint this past week, and two others were damaged by skidmarks this past month.
In Paris, a picture of a rainbow crosswalk covered with white paint was shared on Twitter by a local LGBTQ organization. The vandals wrote the words “LGBT HORS DE FRANCE” (LGBT Out of France) next to the vandalized crosswalk.
To the homophobe: Not only are we here to stay but on the 30th it’s Pride in the capital & you are going to hear us, you are going to see us, & you are going to see a vision of magnificent colors & we are going to leave traces in our path.
“HOMOPHOBE OUT OF FRANCE”
«LGBT HORS DE FRANCE»
A toi l'homophobe : non seulement on va rester mais en plus le 30 c'est la pride dans la capitale & tu vas nous entendre, nous voir & tu vas subir la vision de nos magnifiques couleurs & on va laisser des traces de notre passage.
«HOMOPHOBE HORS DE FRANCE»✊ pic.twitter.com/ixMkxVHteF
— L'Amicale des Jeunes du Refuge (@AmicaleRefuge) June 26, 2018
A local rugby team had more pictures.
The rainbow crosswalks in the Marais [Paris’s gayborhood] vandalized last night
— Les Coqs Festifs (@lescoqsfestifs) June 26, 2018
The city of Paris immediately promised to remove the graffiti.
The homophobic graffiti in the Marais will be erased this morning. We are going to repaint the crosswalks that were vandalized (and we are going to make some more while we’re at it). We are determined to combat homophobia.
Le tag homophobe dans le Marais sera effacé ce matin. Nous allons repeindre les passages piétons vandalisés (et nous en créerons des nouveaux par la même occasion). Nous sommes déterminés à combattre l'homophobie ✊ #LoveWins #Pride
— Paris (@Paris) June 26, 2018
And Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris, promised to make the crosswalks permanent just hours after the graffiti was found.
Paris is a city of refuge that supports the republican values of liberty, equality, and fraternity. In order to inscribe them forever on these walls, the rainbow crosswalks created for Pride will be made permanent!
#Paris est une ville refuge qui fait sienne les valeurs républicaines de liberté, d’égalité et de fraternité. Pour qu’elles s’inscrivent à jamais en ses murs, les passages piétons arc-en-ciel créés pour la #MarcheFesFiertés seront permanents ! #ParisEstFière #LGBT 🏳️🌈♥️ pic.twitter.com/do6lJoTZWm
— Anne Hidalgo (@Anne_Hidalgo) June 27, 2018
In Surrey, British Columbia, a rainbow crosswalk was also targeted by vandals. They poured white paint in a line that followed the crosswalk this past weekend.
— Ginger Gervais (@MumOfThreeBC) June 24, 2018
“I think it’s very disappointing someone would do this,” said Ginger Gervais, who posted an image of the vandalism on Twitter.
On Monday morning, a clean-up crew was able to remove the graffiti with high-pressure water.
The mayor of Surrey, Mayor Linda Hepner, “condemns this bigoted act, but is not interested in giving the perpetrators any sort of publicity,” a spokesperson said.
Two other rainbow crosswalks were vandalized with black skidmarks this month in Canada.
In Whitehorse, Yukon, a rainbow crosswalk was vandalized when a white truck stopped on it two weeks ago and then sped off, according to witnesses. Whitehorse Mayor Dan Curtis said he was “embarrassed” that someone in his city would do that.
The damage was repaired.
— Philippe Morin (@YukonPhilippe) June 20, 2017
The same thing happened two weeks ago in Regina, Saskatchewan.
Regina Gay Rainbow Crosswalk Vandalized Just One Day After Being Painted
Sad that adults regress with nothing learned.
— Dane B. McFadhen (@DaneMcFadhen) June 16, 2018
The crosswalk was painted by students at the École Harbour Landing School.