LGBT Traffic Lights Used for London Pride to Remain Permanently
signalling london's pride
Even though some pedestrians have found them a little confusing, ‘Gay’ traffic lights originally put in place temporarily to celebrate London’s pride festival are here to stay.
The 50 pedestrian traffic signals placed around Trafalgar Square depict seven LGBTQ symbols instead of the traditional green man ‘walk’ symbol. These new light symbols include two men holding hands, two women holding hands, as well as a transgender symbol.
mildly confusing despite being hugely inspirational
Unfortunately, these traffic light changes have created a bit if confusion for pedestrians. Four of the symbols have arrows in them, causing pedestrians to be unsure of which direction they should be walking in. While other pedestrians have found the two men and two women holding hands symbols to be puzzling. “Does it mean women have to walk on one side and men walk on the other?” asked confused tourist Jennifer Riordan.
The lights were inspired by similar transformations made in Vienna lights last year, and are being celebrated for their diversity despite the confusion.
celebration of difference
“One of the greatest things about this city is our differences and every Londoner should be proud of who they are,” said Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, “These signals show that we stand shoulder to shoulder with them and display the tolerance and celebration of difference in our city.”
Despite being attacked by right-wingers as pushing an LGBTQ agenda, the lights are extremely popular with most Londoners and won’t be changing back any time soon.
“They were never meant to be permanent but we have no current plans to take them down and they are staying for the foreseeable future,” A spokesperson for Transport for London (TFL) said, confirming that the LGBT pedestrian lights in London are a permanent fixture in the city’s streets, for now at least.
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