Colin ‘Sugarplum’ Basran inspired by backlash over rainbow crosswalk
Just call him Mayor Sugarplum.
Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran says he will dress in drag for an upcoming event after being inspired by residents who complained about recently installed rainbow crosswalks.
Basran will host the Sugarplum Ball at Kelowna’s Rotary Centre for the Arts on July 9. He says the idea for the ball came in a roundabout way.
When the city painted rainbow crosswalks at one intersection last summer, resident Nancy Enns petitioned city council to restore the intersection to its usual black-and-white.
When Basran and his council declined, online commentators started referring to him as “Mayor Sugarplum.”
It’s a moniker he’s now embraced.
“I guess they figured that would be insulting to me, but I had a laugh about it, and I started telling people about it, and then the [Okanagan] Pride Society heard about it and we thought what a great opportunity. Let’s have some fun with this.”