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Austrian city gets its gay traffic lights back after far right politicians tried to ban them

Austrian city gets its gay traffic lights back after far right politicians tried to ban them

Gay traffic lights are being installed in Utrecht

The Austrian city of Linz has got its gay-themed pedestrian crossing lights back after they were removed last year by far right politicians.

The red and green signals, depicting same-sex couples holding hands, were first introduced in Vienna to celebrate last year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

Paid for by private means, the signals became a permanent and much-loved fixture in the cities.

‘Traffic lights are for traffic and should not be misused to impart advice on how to live your life,’ councillor Markus Hein of the right-wing Freedom Party said, according to the Kurier.

Hein, who opposed the initiative, said as LGBTI rights are advanced the lights are ‘completely unnecessary’.

But the Green Party, led by Severin Mayr, won. He said the traffic lights were doing no harm and were promoting ‘openness and peaceful coexistence’.