- Title: Madrid gears up for WorldPride festivities with gay-themed street lights
- Date: 6th June 2017
- Summary: MADRID, SPAIN (JUNE 6, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF TRAFFIC AT ALCALA STREET CLOSE OF SAME SEX FEMALE COUPLE TRAFFIC LIGHT SIGNAL PEOPLE WALKING ON STREET/SAME SEX FEMALE COUPLE TRAFFIC LIGHT SIGNAL SAME SEX FEMALE COUPLE TRAFFIC LIGHT SIGNAL BLINKING AND SWITCHING TO RED PEOPLE WALKING PAST SAME SEX FEMALE COUPLE TRAFFIC LIGHT SIGNAL SAME SEX FEMALE COUPLE TRAFFIC LIGHT SIGNAL/ENTRANCE TO BANCO DE ESPANA (BANK OF SPAIN) METRO STATION ON BACKGROUND PEOPLE WALKING PAST SAME SEX FEMALE COUPLE TRAFFIC LIGHT SIGNAL SAME SEX FEMALE COUPLE TRAFFIC LIGHT SIGNAL BLINKING AND SWITCHING TO RED SAME SEX FEMALE COUPLE TRAFFIC LIGHT SIGNAL IN READ WOMAN TAKING PICTURE OF SAME SEX FEMALE COUPLE TRAFFIC LIGHT SIGNAL IN READ STREET AT MADRID'S GAY NEIGHBOURHOOD OF CHUECA GAY PRIDE FLAG ON BALCONY CHUECA METRO STATION SIGN PEOPLE AT OUTDOORS CAFE (SOUDBITE) (Spanish) RESIDENT AT THE GAY NEIGHBOURHOOD OF CHUECA, MARIA ANTONIA, 82, PENSIONER, SAYING: "I am not surprised at all, because I have lived around this square for so many years that I am totally familiar with everything. I am not surprised at all by anything whatsoever. So here we are for their party. We will just hang in there. But, anyway, they don't mess with anyone. They live their own way and everyone should just do the same." (SOUDBITE) (Spanish) RESIDENT AT THE GAY NEIGHBOURHOOD OF CHUECA, MANUEL, 33, UNEMPLOYED, SAYING: "I think it is great, I love it because that shows the diversity we have in Madrid and I think it is beautiful, I love it." PEOPLE COMING OUT FROM CHUECA METRO STATION STANDS SHOWING GAY-COLORED SOUVENIRS PEOPLE AT OUTDOORS CAFE/GAY FLAG ON ENTRANCE ADVERTISEMENT SHOWING POPSICLE WITH GAY COLORS READING "GAYLIPPO" EXTERIOR OF ICE CREAM SHOP SAME SEX COUPLE WALKING PAST SAME SEX TRAFFIC LIGHT SIGNAL SAME SEX MALE COUPLE TRAFFIC LIGHT SIGNAL BLINKING AND SWITCHING TO RED VARIOUS OF SAME SEX MALE COUPLE TRAFFIC LIGHT SIGNAL PEOPLE WALKING PAST SAME SEX MALE COUPLE TRAFFIC LIGHT SIGNAL CIBELES SQUARE
- Embargoed: 20th June 2017 14:06
- Keywords: Madrid Parade World Pride Gay
- Location: MADRID, SPAIN
- City: MADRID, SPAIN
- Country: Spain
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment,Human Interest / Brights / Odd News,Society/Social Issues
- Reuters ID: LVA0016K54RBT
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Gay-themed traffic lights are getting Madrid into the mood for the WorldPride festivities to be held in the Spanish capital from June 23 to July 3.
Seventy two traffic lights in central Madrid will be programmed to show male or female gay couples -- in red for stop and green for go -- replacing the usual single, gender-neutral figure. On Tuesday (June 6), twelve lights were ready, attracting the attention of pedestrians.
The campaign is intended to foster gender and gay equality given their visual impact and as a legacy of the WorldPride festivities which are expected to bring visitors from all over the world, the Madrid City Hall said in their website.
The new look of the traffic lights will not be changed after the WorldPride celebrations, the statement added.
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