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This Spanish city has become the latest to install same-sex pedestrian crossing signals

The Spanish city of San Fernando de Cadiz has become the latest to install pedestrian crossing signals depicting same-sex couples to celebrate the LGBTQ community.  

The pedestrian-crossing lights, which generally depict a person waiting or crossing the road, now show two women and two men along with hearts. The new lights were installed at ten pedestrian crossings on Valentine’s Day, reports El Pais. The lights are designed to “acknowledge and raise the visibility” of sexual diversity.

 Gay Pride traffic lights will operate in London during the Pride Festival
Gay Pride traffic lights will operate in London during the Pride Festival Image by Nico Kaiser / CC BY 2.0

San Fernando de Cadiz is not the first community to install such symbols. Vienna became the first, implementing them when the city hosted the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015. Other cities have since adopted similar lights, including Munich, Hamburg, Frankfurt and more. London also installed the lights around Trafalgar Square last June, to coincide with London Pride Festival. In Australia, Richmond used its lights to honour the city’s first female councillor, who served in the 1920s. A silhouette of Mary Rogers replaced the male figure at the crossing to pay tribute to the women’s rights campaigner.

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