Surrey flies the gay pride flag

City votes to honour those gunned down in Orlanda, Florida on Sunday

After years of requests from the LGBTQ community to fly the gay pride flag, Surrey has acquiesced and has hoisted the rainbow colours at city hall.

On Tuesday, it was flying at half mast in honour of the Orlando, Florida mass shooting victims. The flag will remain up at city hall until Surrey’s annual pride parade on June 26.

For several years, Surrey’s gay community has fought to have the pride flag at city hall. Council repeatedly rejected the requests, stating the city follows federal and provincial flag practices and protocols.

“The one exception to our practice was in 2010 in flying the Olympic flag with the City of Surrey flag,” the Surrey flag policy states. “This practice was sanctioned by the Provincial Protocol Office at the time we were classified as a venue city.”

Last year, Surrey allowed members of the gay community to open a information kiosk at city hall in advance of the gay pride parade.

On Monday, Surrey council voted unanimously to fly the pride flag at city hall in “solidarity, sympathy and support for the LGBTQ community following the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida.”

Early Sunday morning, a gunman walked into “Pulse,” a gay nightclub in Orlando, and opened fire with an AR-15 assault rifle. He left 49 dead and another 52 injured and was then shot dead by police.

“Under these extraordinary and trying circumstances, Surrey stands with the people of Orlando and the rest of the civilized world in condemning this heinous act of hate and terror,” said Mayor Linda Hepner. “Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the families and all who have been affected by this senseless tragedy.”

In addition to flying the flag, the rainbow colours of the pride flag (pictured left) now illuminate the plaza outside city hall in support of the LGBTQ community.

“Flying the Pride Flag is an act of solidarity in condemning this cold-blooded attack. We will not be cowed by this extreme act of hate and violence,” said Coun. Vera Lefranc, who tabled the motion at Monday’s council meeting. “To show our support of the LGBTQ community, the pride flag will be flown at Surrey City Hall until June 26 to coincide with the Surrey Pride Festival.”

Just Posted

UPDATE: Woman, off-duty cop in critical condition after stabbing outside North Delta elementary school

The officer was intervening in an alleged assault outside of Immaculate Conception School when he and the woman were stabbed

Vantage Way in Delta reopened after chemical spill

Incident involved a couple of barrels of “low-risk” chemicals that were spilled inside a business

Suspect charged after four Surrey banks were robbed in just four hours

Financial institutions in North Surrey targeted on Feb. 12

New West mayor says Surrey won’t be left out in transit 10-year plan

Jonathan Cote one of two speakers at luncheon focusing on transportation, land use planning

UPDATE: Missing Surrey snowshoer found dead on Mt. Seymour

North Shore Rescue resumed its search today after efforts were temporarily halted Tuesday due to snowstorm

Students give two thumbs up to no more B.C. student loan interest

Eliminating the loan interest charges could save the average graduate $2,300 over 10 years

Ontario man accused of killing 11-year-old daughter dies in hospital, police say

Roopesh Rajkumar had been hospitalized with what police described as a self-inflicted gunshot wound

Manitoba ‘pauses’ link with ex-B.C. premier Gordon Campbell after allegations

Campbell had been hired to review two major hydro projects

Heritage minute features Japanese-Canadian baseball team, internment

The Vancouver Asahi baseball team won various championships across the Pacific Northwest

$10-a-day child care not in 2019 budget, but advocate not irked

Sharon Gregson with the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of B.C. says NDP on track to deliver promise

B.C. Seniors Advocate questions labour shortage in care homes

Are there really no workers, or are care aide wages too low?

B.C. business groups worry about looming economic decline in wake of NDP budget

The party’s second government budget focused on plenty of spending, business advocates say

Man injured in police shooting near Nelson has died: B.C. police watchdog

The death follows an incident in Bonnington on Feb. 13

Experts urge caution after 10 human-triggered avalanches across B.C.

One man is still stuck after avalanche on south coast

Most Read