Charlotte Stephens had a brand new perspective of 10th and Piedmont Avenue in 2015. The city painted rainbow crosswalks in Midtown for the launch of Atlanta Pride that year. The colors won’t last forever. The city, citing safety concerns and state regulations, said the design cannot be permanent. JOHN SPINK /JSPINK@AJC.COM

Ceasar Mitchell to sign petition seeking permanent rainbow crosswalks

Atlanta City Council President and mayoral candidate Ceasar Mitchell will publicly sign a petition asking the city to permanently install at least one crosswalk in the gay flag colors in Midtown.

The Care2 Petition was started by LGBTQ advocate and performer Sarah Rose.

Mitchell’s office released a statement that he would sign the petition at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at the intersection of 10th Street and Piedmont Ave.


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So far, more than 20,000 people have signed the petition.

Rose is expected to join Mitchell at the signing.

In a previous interview, Rose, who is transgender, said she started the petition as a way to show support for the LGBTQ community. The rainbow flag is a commonly accepted symbol of pride for the gay community. Pink, blue and white are colors of the transgender pride flag.

“I remember how much excitement and enthusiasm existed in our community” when the crosswalk was painted, said Rose, who is also a singer and guitarist in the band Sarah and the Safe Word , said at the time. “Making it a permanent installation would be a gesture really affirming what the LGBTQ community contributes and means to the city.”

Atlanta installed rainbow crosswalks at the corner of 10th St. and Piedmont Ave. for Atlanta Pride in October 2015, but they were never meant to be permanent.

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