Vienna Installs Gay Traffic Lights For Eurovision Song Contest

The lights shone brightly in Vienna last weekend as Sweden’s Mans Zelmerlow won the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest, with Australia’s Guy Sebastian coming fifth.

As part of the build-up to the competition, the city installed gay-themed traffic lights at 120 zebra crossings as a symbol of tolerance.

Instead of the traditional single figure, they show either a gay or heterosexual couple holding hands, along with a heart symbol.

They have proved so popular that authorities have decreed the lights will stay as a permanent fixture in the city.

More than 20,000 people signed an online petition to keep the signals.

“They have acquired cult status,” city councillor Maria Vassilakou said.

“It’s great for the acceptance of gay couples of of course also for Vienna tourism.”

Campaigns are already underway to install the lights in other Austrian cities. The idea has even spread to Germany where Munich plans to launch its own gay lights in July.

Vienna officials also confirmed they had ordered 2000 T-shirts emblazoned with the traffic light figures in red and green on a black background.

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