News 21 June 2016
Author: Marisa Lee

London shows LGBT support through traffic lights

Author Marisa Lee
21 June 2016

Traffic lights in London have been changed ahead of London Pride and the LGBT festival later this month. The green man is no longer lonely and has been joined by a same-sex partner in a new design that will feature on pedestrian crossings around Trafalgar Square.

The green man isn’t alone in his new love though, with seven kinds of symbol to appear on 50 traffic lights. Other symbols include two green women holding hands, and the transgender symbol.

The idea was backed by the new Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, and comes at important time in the LGBT community following the biggest mass shooting in US history at a gay club in Florida.

Mr Khan said he was “very proud” of the LGBT community in London, and of how accepting and diverse the city is.

“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.

“These new signals show that we stand shoulder to shoulder with them, and display the tolerance and celebration of difference in our city.”

The move certainly signals encouragement and improvement of accepting the LGBT community in the UK, and we hope that other countries will follow.

GRM Daily