New Zealand airport paints rainbow runway for Pride

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The display of LGBT+ support covers 3,000 square meters of the grass embankment which borders the runway, meaning that visitors will easily be able to spot it when they fly in. This is how Wellington Airport in New Zealand marked the beginning of Pride celebrations in the country and the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Intersex Association (ILGA) world conference which are both planned in the city for March. Roxy Coervers, a Wellington Pride Festival board member, told the local media that it was important to demonstrate tourists from the very first step that Wellington is a very accepting city. “To my knowledge, it’s the largest scale painted rainbow in honor of Pride in New Zealand,” Coervers said, adding that the rainbow is a powerful visual display of LGBT solidarity. Wellington Airport chief executive Steve Sanderson said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming those attending the events and being part of the celebration of diversity and inclusion around the capital. Wellington Airport is a sponsor of the ILGA conference and proud supporter of community events like the Wellington Pride Festival, which was a runner-up in the arts and culture category of the Wellington Airport Community Awards for 2018.”

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