Statement regarding vandalized pride flag

News Release
Photo showing people standing below 3 flag pole masts, with the Canadian, B.C., and pride flags
The pride flag after being raised at the Cowichan Aquatic Centre for Pride Month, June 2020

At approximately 11pm on May 20, the pride flag flying alongside the Canada and B.C. flags at the Cowichan Aquatic Centre was vandalized. RCMP are investigating, and anyone with information can call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

“There is no place in this world for hatred,” said Mayor Rob Douglas. “The pride flag represents inclusion and acceptance, and cowardly acts that desecrate these symbols are a reminder about why continuing to recognize and support events such as pride month are still so very important.”

“In the face of injustice and hate, we must come together as a community in celebration of diversity, equity, and inclusion of 2SLGBTQ+ and other marginalized members of our community,” said Teresa Stebbing, President, Cowichan Pride Society. “Hate crimes like this are a stark reminder that many queer and transgendered folks are still worried about their safety.”

The flag was removed and will be replaced by another pride flag in the coming days in time for Pride Month. The pride flag is flown on May 17 in recognition of International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia and from June 1 to June 30 for Pride Month. The pride flag remains in place if no other guest flags are scheduled between May 18 and June 1.