Transgender flag flies over Kamloops City Hall

Maria Mazzotta, Kamloops’ corporate officer, said the city is honouring approvals granted prior to council’s decision to suspend the community flag pole program

The Transgender flag is flying outside of Kamloops City Hall this week in advance of the International Transgender Day of Visibility, which is marked on March 31.

The city erected a third flag pole last year to allow community groups the opportunity to raise their flags.

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That program was suspended last fall, however, following legal advice the city received relating to a Sept. 11 BC Court of Appeal decision that ruled TransLink in the Lower Mainland erred in refusing a pro-life group the ability to run anti-abortion advertisements on its buses.

Maria Mazzotta, Kamloops’ corporate officer, told KTW the city is honouring approvals granted prior to council’s decision to suspend the community flag pole program.

Approvals granted beforehand include the Transgender flag, the Rotary flag in May and the Kamloops Pride flag this summer.

“Anything that was approved prior to that decision by council, we’re honouring,” Mazzotta said.

Last summer, city council approved erecting the community flagpole outside of city hall at a cost of $4,000. The B.C. flag flies in the absence of community flags.

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