AUSTRALIA’S CAPITAL CITY is getting ready to host Eurovision. And it’s rolling out the welcome mat for gay visitors.
At last year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, Austrian transgender performer Conchita Wurst took the top prize and won the world’s affection with her voice, glamor, and facial hair.
Eurovision was beloved by many people in Europe who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender long before Conchita came on the scene. And with Vienna hosting Eurovision 2015, city officials wanted to send a clear message to LGBT visitors that they’re more than welcome.
So they installed special traffic signals that show same-sex couples holding hands. You can find them at several dozen intersections around the city. They’re kind of adorable — safe, as well as tolerant.
“The campaign is mainly targeted at raising awareness for traffic safety,” a city spokesperson told NBC News. “But it is also pegged to the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest and the AIDS charity Lifeball in Vienna.”
Watch the new traffic signals in action here:
Austria’s far-right Freedom Party is filing a lawsuit. Because of course they are.
Eurovision 2015 starts May 23.
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By: Timothy McGrath, GlobalPost
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