London Traffic Lights Come Out as LGBT+ in Preparation for Pride

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Around fifty pedestrian traffic lights around Trafalgar Square in Westminster, London will help residents celebrate LGBTQ diversity in preparation for the Pride in London parade on June 25.

The lights were inspired by Vienna’s LGBTQ-themed traffic lights and designed in-house by designer Rory Svenson for OUTBound, London’s transit system (Transit for London) LGBT+ employee group. They were installed overnight Sunday free of charge by Siemens.

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Martyn Loukes and Mayor Khan

London Mayor Sadiq Khani tweeted: “Traffic lights on the march route to display & celebrate our tolerance and diversity.”

The lights are also a way to tell the world that London still stands in solidarity with Orlando: “Our thoughts and prayers are of course still with the families and friends of the victims of the hideous recent attack in Orlando,” he said in a press release. “These new signals show that we stand shoulder to shoulder with them and display the tolerance and celebration of difference in our city.”

Mayor Khan hopes that the gesture will make members of the LGBT+ London community feel proud of who they are: “One of the greatest things about this city is our differences and every Londoner should be proud of who they are. I am very proud of our LGBT+ community here and I am looking forward to working closely with them as their Mayor,” said the recently elected Khan.

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OUTBound Chair Martyn Loukes said that the gesture “illustrates TfL’s support for the LGBT+ community and London’s diverse population. I am proud, as a gay Londoner that we are unveiling this now following the recent tragic events in Orlando and our thoughts are with all those affected.”

Pride in London’s director Alison Camps agreed: “It’s fantastic that London is a city so keen to celebrate Pride that even traffic lights can be used. This small symbol is a big gesture from the Mayor of London and TfL, and we’re delighted to have their support. For many people acceptance and tolerance is a luxury they don’t have, and these lights are another display of how welcoming and accepting London is.

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Check out the lights in action below:

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Photo credit: Transport for London/Twitter

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