Vienna installs gay traffic lights for pink Eurovision tourists


Pic: Gayfriendly Vienna

Vienna is welcoming LGBT visitors with its new gay and lesbian traffic lights ahead of the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest.

Traffic lights around the Austrian capital have had the traditional illuminated single figure replaced with male or female same-sex couples holding hands or embracing for the red light.

When the robot changes to the green light, two same-sex figures walking with a heart above them are illuminated.

The gay traffic lights have been installed around the city to mark its hosting of the camp annual music contest.

Now in its 60th edition, the event has a massive gay fan base. The Eurovision final will take place on 23 May, but the symbols will stay in place until the conclusion of Vienna Pride in June.

According to the Gayfriendly Vienna Facebook page, the gesture is intended to reflect an “open minded and tolerant city”.

Officials also say that the unique traffic lights could improve safety because they are likely to catch the eyes of pedestrians.

Last year’s Eurovision was famously won by the bearded drag diva Conchita Wurst, who went on to become an iconic performer and international campaigner for LGBT rights.

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