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Austria: Gay-themed traffic lights shine in Vienna as Eurovision approaches01:19

Austria: Gay-themed traffic lights shine in Vienna as Eurovision approaches

Austria, Vienna
May 13, 2015 at 10:28 GMT +00:00 · Published

To celebrate this year's Eurovision Song Contest, authorities in the host city Vienna began preparing for the event on Tuesday by putting same sex couples on traffic lights instead of the conventional green and red man symbols. Some of the couples can be seen holding hands, some are hugging, while others are surrounded by hearts.

Sonja Ficht, a spokesperson for Vienna's lighting department said that the campaign will run at least until June, with an academic study taking place on the impact of the images to determine whether the project will be extended.

Some reports suggest that the move is a response to last year's contest during which Russia refused to screen Austrian winner Conchita Wurst's performance and a 2014 statement by St. Petersburg legislator Vitaly Milonov in which he was quoted as calling Eurovision a 'Europe-wide gay parade.'

Austria: Gay-themed traffic lights shine in Vienna as Eurovision approaches01:19
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To celebrate this year's Eurovision Song Contest, authorities in the host city Vienna began preparing for the event on Tuesday by putting same sex couples on traffic lights instead of the conventional green and red man symbols. Some of the couples can be seen holding hands, some are hugging, while others are surrounded by hearts.

Sonja Ficht, a spokesperson for Vienna's lighting department said that the campaign will run at least until June, with an academic study taking place on the impact of the images to determine whether the project will be extended.

Some reports suggest that the move is a response to last year's contest during which Russia refused to screen Austrian winner Conchita Wurst's performance and a 2014 statement by St. Petersburg legislator Vitaly Milonov in which he was quoted as calling Eurovision a 'Europe-wide gay parade.'