ATL mu­si­cian starts pe­ti­tion for per­ma­nent rain­bow cross­walks

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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)

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