Calgary Pride flag vandalized in ‘hateful act’

A worker replaces the Pride Flag outside Calgary's city hall on the afternoon of Friday, Feb. 21,...

A worker replaces the Pride Flag outside Calgary's city hall on the afternoon of Friday, Feb. 21, 2014. Earlier in the day, in an act of vandalism, somebody cut the symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride down. Photo courtesy of Regan Oglivie

Damien Wood, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:20 PM ET

CALGARY — Friday's vandalism to the Pride flag hanging at Calgary’s city hall is "completely distasteful and inappropriate," Mayor Naheed Nenshi said.

And, in a statement issued to media, Nenshi said: "A hateful act like this reinforces why it was important to raise the Pride flag in the first place."

Somebody cut the cord to the rainbow flag, which has been flying for the last two weeks at the request of the mayor, sometime Friday afternoon, taking down the symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride.

Daorcey Le Bray with the mayor's office said: "The flag pole was immediately repaired and the Pride flag was returned to the top of the pole."

Le Bray also said the Calgary Police Service has been notified of the vandalism.


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