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Linz gets its gay-themed traffic lights back

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The city of Linz will get its gay-themed traffic signals back after the local council voted to overrule opposition from the far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ).

Markus Hein of the FPÖ is the city’s traffic official and had objected to the lights on the grounds that "traffic lights are for traffic and should not be misused to impart advice on how to live your life".

Instead of the usual stick man, the special lights at pedestrian crossings show two figures: either a man or a woman, two men or two women, holding hands, together with a little heart symbol.

Stefan Thuma, a spokesman for gay rights group HOSI, welcomed the decision to reinstall the lights at several crossings in Linz, saying that scrapping the lights had attracted “international attention and was an embarrassing spectacle”.

The gay-themed lights were first installed temporarily in Vienna for the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest but proved so popular that they were made permanent and spread to other Austrian cities.

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