Australia’s capital city, Canberra, has launched pedestrian lights featuring both female and male same-sex couples.
The eight lights went up in the suburb of Braddon in the city center to mark the first year anniversary of the ‘yes’ vote in Australia’s postal survey on marriage equality.
Canberra is a perfect place to celebrate the LGBTI community. The 2016 national survey revealed it has the most same-sex couples in the country.
One of the light’s locationa, Londsale St, hosted an impromptu public celebration after the postal survey results.
‘This first location was selected because Braddon has distinctively been the place of celebration for Canberra’s LGBTIQ community,’ said City Renewal Authority (CRA) Malcolm Snow.
‘A year ago we saw this area filled with people, colour and joy after the country voted overwhelmingly in favour of marriage equality.
‘Starting this project, with this theme, at this location was a really easy decision.’
The CRA will look for other sites to upgrade pedestrian lights at intersections.
‘The City Renewal Precinct is full of many different people and places and the authority sees strengthening diversity as a critical element of a successful city,’ Snow said.
‘Where we can match up shapes that capture a specific area’s character and identity, and those shapes can practically be made into a pedestrian light shroud, we will look to extend the project in other parts of the precinct.’