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Gays get red (and green) light in Munich

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Gays get red (and green) light in Munich
Photo: DPA
12:48 CEST+02:00
Munich's versions of the gay couples introduced on Vienna traffic lights during the Eurovision song contest have arrived, just in time for Christopher Street Day (Gay Pride) this weekend.

The new lights at pedestrian crossings show gay, lesbian and heterosexual pairings waiting patiently together at the signals or crossing hand-in-hand.

“I like the gay Ampelmännchen (traffic light figures),” Harald Klink of the Munich-based Deutsches Ingenieurblatt (German Engineering News) tweeted on Tuesday.

But he pointed out that the male couple in particular “should go urgently to the physio” to sort out their curved backs.

Green party politicians in the city council launched the measure, overcoming resistance from the Christian Social Union (CSU) group to bring in the traffic lights in time for the July 11th festival.

The special panes bearing the outlines of the happy couples are removable, meaning that they can be replaced with more conventional ones after the weekend is over.

A total of around €10,000 was spent on the project.

Gay-couple traffic signals were first introduced in Vienna as a way of welcoming the Eurovision Song Contest, held in the Austrian capital this year after singer Conchita Wurst took first place in 2014.

There are already plans to copy them further afield in Hamburg, Die Welt reported in May.

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