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06/13/2017 05:42 pm ET

Atlanta Celebrates Pride By Announcing Permanent Rainbow Crosswalk

“It signifies that the LGBTQ community is part of Atlanta’s story.”

The city of Atlanta, Georgia has decided to show their pride — permanently.

During Atlanta Pride Week in 2015, a rainbow crosswalk was temporarily installed on the intersection of Piedmont Avenue and 10th Street, an area that is known as a hub for the city’s LGBTQ community.

On Tuesday, which marked one year since the Pulse shooting in Orlando, Atlanta’s mayor, Kasim Reed, announced that the city would make the rainbow crosswalks a permanent fixture.

“For the past year, Atlanta has grieved alongside Orlando,” Reed said in a release. “Our city has rallied around our LGBT community, and we have not shied from demonstrating our unity and solidarity. And with this spirit, I cannot think of a more important time to reaffirm our unwavering and unqualified support for our LGBTQ residents.”

In May, more than 20,000 people signed a petition in support of the crosswalks being a year-round addition to the neighborhood.

Sarah Rose, an LGBTQ advocate who helped gather signatures for the crosswalk, told WSB-TV, a local news channel in Atlanta, that the crosswalk makes a powerful statement.

“It signifies that the LGBTQ community is part of Atlanta’s story,” Rose said. “And I think it’s important to recognize that like any other part of our history.”

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