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LGBTQ students look ahead after Alberta town bans Pride flags, rainbow crosswalks

Summary by Ground News
Shaylin Lussier went home and screamed after the student’s town voted for a bylaw banning Pride flags and rainbow crosswalks from municipal property. Lussier, a member of the gay-straight alliance in Westlock, Alta., had spearheaded efforts to get a Pride crosswalk painted last year for the first time in the town of 4,800 north of Edmonton. It’s now set to be removed. “It was rough,” Lussier, 18, said this week in a phone interview. Jess Lucas, 15, also a member of the gay-straight alliance who helped get the crosswalk painted, said they were heartbroken. “It doesn’t just affect our group. It also affects different flags, like the Métis and Inuit flag for truth and reconciliation, and the Ukrainian flag for the war that is happening.” In February, a slim majority of the town voted to fly only government flags and paint crosswalks in a white striped pattern.

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