ATL musician starts petition for permanent rainbow crosswalks
Sarah Rose, an Atlanta-based musician who also serves as Care2’s social media coordinator and LGBT issues advocate, launched a petition this month to create permanent rainbow crosswalks in time for Pride.
The desired crosswalks would include the pink, white and blue of the transgender pride flag as well as the iconic rainbow. In October 2015, Atlanta was home to temporary such fixtures. Mayor Kasim Reed cited safety concerns and state regulations as reasons for not allowing the crosswalks to be permanent.
“I saw firsthand what those crosswalks meant to Atlanta’s LGBTQ community when they were painted, as well as the disappointment when they were removed,” Rose said. “As a transgender woman and advocate, as well as an Atlanta native, I have seen the power of Atlanta’s queer community, and the return of the Pride crosswalks would be a simple, but affirming gesture for our city.”
Earlier moves to have the crosswalks painted each year for Pride demonstrated it would be more cost-effective to have the rainbows be permanent, according to a Facebook post by the group responsible for the 2015 decorations.
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In October 2015, Atlanta was home to rainbow crosswalks in time for Pride. A new petition started by musician Sarah Rose aims to bring them back, permanently. (File photo)