While Pride parades and marches are usually events that tend to stop traffic anyway, the Scottish town of Edinburgh has gone one step further by replacing regular robots along the Edinburgh Pride route with diversity images representing LGBTQ relationships.
City of Edinburgh Council’s transport and environment vice convenor, Karen Doran, said of the Scottish capital’s decision to change traffic lights in celebration of Pride, “We’re delighted to be helping to display these diversity symbols through the Old Town as part of this year’s pride festival. We’re proud to be an LGBT-friendly council and these special traffic signals drive home our message – we welcome everyone to our city.”
The company that installed the symbols onto traffic lights along the Edinburg Pride route, Siemens Mobility, also expressed their happiness at being part of the initiative.
Managing director of Siemens Mobility’s Intelligent Traffic Systems, Wilke Reints, told the BBC that “diversity and inclusion is very important to us and our employees, and this is a great example of a simple idea having a major impact”.
35 traffic lights’ traditional single light design was changed to represent one of four recognised gender symbols, representing lesbian, gay, trans and straight relationships.
Edinburgh Pride took place on 15 June, under the theme “This is Me”, and saw thousands in attendance. Scotland is regarded as one of the most LGBT-friendly countries in the world, with same-sex marriage being legalised in 2014, after the introduction of civil partnerships in 2005.