On June 12th, 2017, the one-year anniversary of the Pulse tragedy in Orlando, the Mayor of Atlanta made a monumental announcement.
“I believe that symbols of unity matter; in recognition of the outstanding and ongoing contribution 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.”
- Mayor of Atlanta, Kasim Reed
10th and Piedmont is a highly-recognized focal point of Atlanta’s LGBTQ community. A temporary rainbow was painted at the crosswalk of the intersection during Gay Pride 2015, but it was removed immediately after the pride activities were done. Shortly after, Sarah Rose, a member of the community, got together with a friend and started a petition to make the symbol permanent. Although past efforts haven’t been that successful, Sarah has received over 20,000 signatures in support by May of this year.
Mayor Reed recalls being with the community last year in the exact spot when the Pulse Orlando Massacre occurred and expressed to Wendy Corona from WSBTV News that the timeline for completion will be right away as he will be meeting with the Public Works Department this week with a target goal set for next month.
Great move, Atlanta!