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People Keep Vandalizing This City's Pride Crosswalks

"This is a direct attack on the LGBTQ+ community and specifically the Transgender community."

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Someone has defaced the pride crosswalks in Lethbridge, Alberta's Pride, for the second time in three days — this time with tar and manure.

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For this year's festival, Lethbridge Pride Fest paid to paint two crosswalks, one with a rainbow and the other with the colours of the trans pride flag. According to organizers, it's the first time the trans flag has been painted on a crosswalk anywhere in the world.

On June 12, the crosswalks were vandalized with skid marks, just a week after they were painted.

"These marks are blatantly deliberate, and nearly identical to a similar incident in Saskatoon earlier this month. This is a direct attack on the LGBTQ+ community and specifically the Transgender community," organizers wrote on Facebook.

"However, we at Lethbridge Pride Fest know this is the action of a few small minded, intolerant people," they added. "This will not bring us down. This will only propel us to work harder, be louder, and be prouder in our community."

City workers were on the scene on Thursday morning to clean up the mess.

Cleanup underway after overnight report of vandalism to Lethbridge pride crosswalk. #yql

Levi Cox, last year's chair of Lethbridge Pride Fest, saw the vandalism himself in the early hours of Thursday. "I was sad," he told BuzzFeed Canada. "I just kind of felt like, 'really? This is where we at?'"

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"Thank you for helping us express our message of celebration, inclusion and, love. We will have our biggest parade and coming together we have ever had," wrote Levi Cox.

Lethbridge Pride Fest runs from June 16 to 24 — come rain, shine, or tar.

Lauren Strapagiel is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto, Canada.

Contact Lauren Strapagiel at lauren.strapagiel@buzzfeed.com.

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