City ap­proves At­lanta Rain­bow Cross­walks pro­ject

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The city has of­fi­cially ap­proved rain­bow cross­walks to be painted at the in­ter­sec­tion of 10th Street and Pied­mont Av­enue, with the pro­ject sched­uled to be com­pleted just in time for the At­lanta Pride Fes­ti­val in Oc­to­ber.

The ap­proval came at an Ur­ban De­sign Com­mis­sion hear­ing on Aug. 12 at­tended by Robert Sepul­veda Jr., the founder of RSJde­sign who is the mas­ter­mind be­hind bring­ing the public art pro­ject to At­lanta.

“This is not only a win for the LGBT com­mu­nity, but a win for all cit­i­zens of At­lanta, these cross­walks sym­bol­ize the di­ver­sity of our com­mu­nity, while spread­ing a clear vis­ual mes­sage of ac­cep­tance, unity and tol­er­ance, no mat­ter ones race, gen­der, creed or sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion,” Sepul­veda said in a press re­lease fol­low­ing the hear­ing.

Sepul­veda plans on form­ing a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion around the pro­ject as well that would use public art and com­mu­nity out­reach to ad­vance di­ver­sity and equal­ity.

Robin Sha­har, Mayor Kasim Reed’s LGBT ad­vi­sor, is ham­mer­ing out de­tails of the in­stal­la­tion and main­te­nance of the cross­walks which will then need to be agreed upon and ap­proved by the At­lanta City Coun­cil. Sepul­veda an­tic­i­pates fi­nal pas­sage at the coun­cil’s Sept. 8 meet­ing.

Then it’s time for in­stal­la­tion and com­ple­tion of the cross­walks, which is planned for the week­end be­fore At­lanta Pride, which is tak­ing place Oct. 10 and 11. The twonight job will be fol­lowed by a for­mal rib­bon cut­ting cer­e­mony.

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Robert Sepul­veda Jr. is form­ing an At­lanta Rain­bow Cross­walks non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion as well. (Photo via Face­book)

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