Rain­bow cross­walks in­stalled in time for July 4 hol­i­day

GA Voice - - Georgianews -

Barely weeks af­ter an­nounc­ing that they’d be com­ing to 10th and Pied­mont, the city of At­lanta in­stalled per­ma­nent rain­bow cross­walks the first week­end in July.

The in­stal­la­tion of the pub­licly funded side­walks be­gan at 5 a.m. July 1 and fin­ished ahead of schedule the next day, in time for run­ners in the an­nual Peachtree Road Race to dash across the in­ter­sec­tion in a his­tor­i­cally LGBT part of town.

Mayor Kasim Reed an­nounced the plan to in­stall the cross­walks on June 12, the oneyear an­niver­sary of the Pulse shoot­ing.

“I be­lieve that sym­bols of unity mat­ter; in recog­ni­tion of the out­stand­ing and on­go­ing con­tri­bu­tions of At­lanta’s LGBTQ com­mu­nity to our city, 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,” Reed said in a news re­lease. “This in­ter­sec­tion in Mid­town is rec­og­nized for its his­tory as a hub for At­lanta’s LGBTQ com­mu­nity, and it is fit­ting that such an im­por­tant and rec­og­niz­able place should fea­ture the rain­bow flag.”

Tem­po­rary rain­bow cross­walks were in­stalled us­ing pri­vate funds in time for At­lanta Pride in Oc­to­ber 2015. At the time, city of­fi­cials said safety con­cerns kept them from mak­ing the project per­ma­nent.

Talk of per­ma­nent cross­walks came up again in April, when lo­cal LGBT mu­si­cian Sarah Rose, lead singer of Sarah and the Safe Word, started a Care2 pe­ti­tion cam­paign­ing for it. The pe­ti­tion gar­nered more than 20,000 sig­na­tures, in­clud­ing those of sev­eral At­lanta may­oral hope­fuls, be­fore Reed’s an­nounce­ment in June.

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