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Atlanta announces permanent Pride crosswalks in LGBTQ district

The four-way stop is located inside the hub of Atlanta’s LGBT community.
Photo credit:
WSB-TV

The Mayor of Atlanta said yesterday that there will be permanent rainbow crosswalks at an intersection in midtown.

His announcement came as the nation mourned the loss of 49 innocent victims from the June 12, 2016, Pulse Nightclub tragedy in Orlando. 

"Today, on the anniversary of this horrific event, we remember those whose lives were lost and those that were forever changed," Mayor Kasim Reed said on Monday. "Our thoughts and prayers were with you then, and they remain with you today." 

Mayor Reed says that his city has unwavering support for its LGBTQ residents and he can think of no better way to solidify that commitment than with this landmark. 

"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.

The four-way stop is located inside the hub of Atlanta’s LGBT community.

Reed adds, "It is fitting that such an important and recognizable place should feature the rainbow flag."

WSB-TV reports that this past May, more than 20,000 signatures were gathered in support of the rainbow intersection.

Showing their support for the project were the Atlanta City Council President Caesar Mitchell, who is also running for mayor.