In 2015, to coincide with — of course — the Eurovision Song Contest as well as Gay Pride, Vienna installed crossing lights featuring the figures running off with one another.
The signals variously featured two male or two female figures briskly walking hand-in-hand, love hearts passing between them. When on red, the figures would stand next to one another, with one having his or her arm over their partner.
The right wing Freedom Party was not best pleased, claiming the signs were illegal and a waste of taxpayers’ money. But the council, far from backing down, made them a permanent fixture as they had achieved cult status.
Last years, 50 traffic lights in London went gay to coincide with the city’s Pride march. As well as the usual figures they also included the male and female symbols in pairs.