Rosemary Donahue
June 20, 2016 10:48 am
Mayor of London

If you’re walking around London in the near future, you might see something noticeably different about their pedestrian traffic lights. This past Sunday, they’ve changed out the lights to temporarily feature depictions of same-sex couples and gender symbols (including the transgender symbol), and so far, it’s gotten a great reaction.

The new mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said in a press release about the new traffic signals, “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. Our thoughts and prayers are of course still with the families and friends of the victims of the hideous recent attack in Orlando. These new signals show that we stand shoulder to shoulder with them and display the tolerance and celebration of difference in our city.”

Here are the new signs:

Mayor of London

Alison Camps, the Director of Pride in London, said, “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. Our campaign this year is called #NoFilter, letting people live their lives as they want to. These lights are a perfect display of that, saying that our city recognizes each and every one of us for who we are.”

We applaud this beautiful display of support and visibility, and we only wish the signs could be kept up year-round.

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