Gay traffic lights catch on in Austria

The Austrian city of Salzburg unveiled Thursday gay-themed pedestrian traffic lights after the flashing signals specially installed in Vienna for the Eurovision Song Contest proved a hit.

Instead of the usual stick man, the special lights at pedestrian crossings show two figures: either a man or a woman, two men or two women, holding hands, together with a little heart symbol.

Salzburg in western Austria, best known abroad for the Sound of Music film and for being Mozart’s birthplace, is “an open and tolerant city,” centre-left mayor Heinz Schaden said.

Vienna’s lights were only meant to be in place for Eurovision and for a charity event held in May but they proved so popular that authorities decided to keep them in place.

The capital has the copyright on the design but Salzburg — where three traffic lights have been outfitted — was allowed to use it free of charge.

Image – A combination of pictures taken on May 12, 2015 shows new traffic lights showing female same-sex couples in Vienna. (AFP)