Sonora’s Largest University Gets Pro-LGBT Crosswalk

By Murphy Woodhouse
Published: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 9:20am

Rainbow Crosswalk
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A student walks across the new rainbow crosswalk.

Sonora’s largest university has a new rainbow crosswalk on campus, a show of solidarity with LGBT students.

Allies and members of the University of Sonora’s LGBT community gathered thousands of signatures and recently presented a petition to university leadership asking to be able to paint that crosswalk. With a greenlight, they painted vibrant strips of color at a prominent campus crossing over the weekend, the first of its kind at a university in the region, they say.

“I think it’s a step forward for diversity and tolerance at our university,” said law student Miguel Angel Jimenez Villalobos, one of the organizers of the effort, which he described as a step forward for diversity and tolerance on campus.

Sonora and much of Mexico’s north has a conservative reputation. But despite some negative comments on social media, Jimenez said the crosswalk has been received well on campus and in the community.

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