London’s gay traffic lights that went up for Pride in June remain in operation and it’s confusing for some people.
Anthony Smith says when he saw two female symbols on the traffic light, he was at a loss as to when he could cross.
The designs include two men, two women and the widely recognized trans symbol. They replaced the green man on the city’s traffic lights. Around 50 pedestrian traffic signals around Trafalgar Square have shown seven LGBTI designs instead of the standard ‘walk’ symbol since June.
‘When the light went green I saw the two female symbols and I thought, “Oh right, so my missus can cross with my little girl but what do me and the boy do?,” the father of two tells The Express.
Smith adds: ‘This wouldn’t work up north. If you introduced this in Preston people wouldn’t know what you were going on about. I think it’s just a London thing really.’
Paul LePatourel, a father of three, also weighed in and said: ‘Fair enough, people are gay or transgender, whatever, I have no problem with that, but to change the traffic lights seems a bit bonkers to me.’
When the lights were installed in June London mayor Sadiq Khan said: ‘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.’