On the anniversary of the tragic hate crime that occurred last year in Orlando, where 49 people lost their lives, the Mayor of Atlanta establishes a symbol of pride and remembrance.
The intersection in Midtown Atlanta is known as a historic point for the city’s LGBTQ community, and it is now being permanently painted as a rainbow as a stand against last year’s horrific events.
“Today, on the anniversary of this horrific event, we remember those whose lives were lost and those that were forever changed,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “Our thoughts and prayers were with you then, and they remain with you today.”
A petition started back in May has garnered more than 20,000 signatures in support of the rainbow crosswalk.
“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.