At­lanta in­stalling per­ma­nent rain­bow cross­walks in Mid­town

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At­lanta Mayor Kasim Reed chose the first an­niver­sary of the Pulse shoot­ing to an­nounce some sig­nif­i­cant news — the city is in­stalling per­ma­nent rain­bow cross­walks at the in­ter­sec­tion of 10th Street and Pied­mont Av­enue.

“For the past year, At­lanta has grieved along­side Or­lando. Our city has ral­lied around our LGBT com­mu­nity, and we have not shied from demon­strat­ing our unity and sol­i­dar­ity. And with this spirit, I can­not think of a more im­por­tant time to reaf­firm our un­wa­ver­ing and un­qual­i­fied sup­port for our LGBTQ res­i­dents,” Reed said in a news re­lease. “I am pleased to an­nounce to­day that the City will in­stall the rain­bow cross­walks at the in­ter­sec­tion of Pied­mont Av­enue and 10th Street year-round.”

The in­ter­sec­tion is a his­tor­i­cal hub for the city’s LGBT com­mu­nity, and “it is fit­ting that such an im­por­tant and rec­og­niz­able place should fea­ture the rain­bow flag,” Reed said.

The mayor’s of­fice did not make clear when the in­stal­la­tion would take place.

The push for the cross­walks be­gan back in 2015, when tem­po­rary fix­tures were painted for Pride. Lo­cal LGBT mu­si­cian Sarah Rose, lead singer of Sarah and the Safe Word, started a pe­ti­tion for per­ma­nent cross­walks back in April. More than 22,000 had signed the pe­ti­tion prior to Reed’s an­nounce­ment.

“No words. Thank you all. We did it,” Rose said in a Face­book post af­ter hear­ing the news.

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