The really gay traffic signals in Vienna!
Last year, the bearded, rhinestone-encrusted swan of Vienna, Conchita Wurst, yodeled her way to victory at Eurovision. This year, the most glorious and gayest song competition in the world (no shade to the Best Original Score category at the Tonys) is in Vienna. So, to get ready for Eurovision being inside them, Vienna has added gay and gayelle couples to their crossing lights. They have switched out their single dude crossing light for gay and lesbian couples in love at 49 intersections. The gay-ized crossing lights will be around until the end of June. Vienna’s deputy mayor said that the lights aren’t only just a stunt to welcome Eurovision and the Life Ball, they’re also using the lights to collect important scientific data, or something like that. via NBC News
“The city of Vienna is setting a signal for openness and tolerance,” deputy mayor Maria Vassilakou added in a statement.
Officials say the campaign is focused on “reducing the number of traffic accidents in the city.”
A total of 22 children were injured at pedestrian crossings in the city last year “often as a result of inattention,” according to the statement.
The project will be accompanied by scientific research and runs until the end of June.
Fear not if you’re a straight person in Vienna and wondering, “But how in the FUCK am I going to know when to cross the damn street?” There’s a straight couple crossing signal too.
Vienna really should’ve went all the way with this. Whenever it’s time to cross, a rainbow neon lit path should light up, cannons should shoot out glitter, the street lights should turn into strobe lights and a dance remix of some Conchita Wurst song should blast. Or better yet, they should’ve just gotten Conchita Wurst to work as a crossing guard for the next couple of months. But then again, that would have caused more traffic problems, because drivers would stop and get out of their cars to take in her beauty and grace.