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Cesar Mitchell joins fight for rainbow crosswalks in Midtown

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Atlanta city council president Cesar Mitchell, who is also running for mayor of the city, joined the fight to bring rainbow-colored crosswalks to midtown Atlanta after signing the petition Tuesday morning.

Mitchell signed the petition petition being circulated that calls on city leaders to make the change. He spoke on the issue in an event that took place Tuesday morning at the corner of 10th Street and Piedmont Avenue.

"I think it's important for us to make the effort to ensure, or at least seek a design that could meet all local and federal safety requirements," said Mitchell. "The message is one of inclusiveness, and that sends a signal that this city is welcoming to everyone."

Activist Sarah Rose presented Mitchell with the petition, which he signed.

"I think that there's a story within Atlanta's DNA of different marginalized people coming together and reaching equality," said Rose. "I believe this is a model for what we can do around the entire city."

Sarah lives as a transgender woman and would also like to see the colors of the trans flag somehow included.

The area is thought to be the epicenter for Atlanta's LGBTQ community and organizers say the crosswalks would be a sign that elected officials are hearing what the community has to say.

The crosswalks were painted rainbow colors during Pride 2015 but it wasn't permanent. 

So far, the petition has more than 20,000 signatures and Mitchell's added one more.

It is unclear how the crosswalks would be funded. In 2015, the project was funded by private donations. CBS46 asked Mitchell whether or not the city would foot the bill. He says he's unsure right now but he'll have to make sure what's proposed is in line with federal and state laws.

A spokesperson with the city council says the council would then have to vote and approve a resolution.

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