Atlanta intersection closes as rainbow crosswalks installed

LGBT Pride Month ended Friday, but Atlanta crews are working this weekend on a project that will symbolize support for the local LGBTQ community year-round.

The intersection of Piedmont Avenue and 10th Street is closed for the installation of permanent rainbow crosswalks, Channel 2 Action News reported. 

The intersection, which serves as a popular hub for the local LGBTQ community, is scheduled to reopen Monday.

RELATED: Kasim Reed says rainbow crosswalks will be permanent in Midtown

Earlier this year, more than 20,000 people, including Atlanta mayoral candidate Ceasar Mitchell, signed a petition in support of the rainbow crosswalks.

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Shortly thereafter, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed commemorated the anniversary of the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando by announcing that the rainbow crosswalks would become a permanent fixture in Midtown.

The crosswalks first appeared during Pride festivities in 2015.

“I knew Atlanta being in the deep South and having a history of such divisions needed these crosswalks as symbols of acceptance, tolerance and the diversity of the LGBTQ community and its allies,” said Robert Sepulveda Jr., a former Atlanta resident who was involved with raising funds and installing the rainbow crosswalks in 2015.

Channel 2's Rikki Klaus reports.

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