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Munich introduces same-sex pedestrian traffic signals

Updated 0746 GMT (1546 HKT) July 15, 2015
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A pedestrian crossing signal shows a lesbian couple at a junction in Munich, Germany on July 14, 2015. The city, taking a cue from a similar project in Vienna, introduced the new signals at a limited number of traffic lights downtown for the recent LBGT pride festival, also known as Christopher Street Day, named after the location of the Stonewall Inn in New York, and has since decided to keep them. Joerg Koch/Getty Images
A pedestrian crossing signal shows a same-sex male couple at a junction in Munich on July 14. The figures glow in red and green at pedestrian crosswalks, showing both female and male couples. Joerg Koch/Getty Images
Straight people aren't left out of the street love. A pedestrian crossing signal shows a heterosexual couple at a junction in Munich on July 14. Joerg Koch/Getty Images
Other cities in Germany, including Berlin and Hamburg, are also seizing on the initiative to give gay and lesbian couples the green (and red) light in traffic signals. Europe has seen a surge in LBGT rights awareness in recent years. Joerg Koch/Getty Images
Gender differences remain as lesbian couples glow in red, while their male counterparts blink in green. Joerg Koch/Getty Images
LGBT pride -- and awareness of the community's struggle -- are now written into the geography of Munich, guiding and blinking at city dwellers. Joerg Koch/Getty Images
A participant attends the Christopher Street Day parade in Berlin, Germany on June 27, 2015, which attracted several thousand marchers. The first Christopher Street Day parade in Germany took place in Germany's capital in 1979. The celebration gained its name from the location of the Stonewall Inn in New York, a key landmark for the LGBT struggle. Carsten Koall/Getty Images
Participants show a banner with rainbow colors as they attend the Christopher Street Day parade in Berlin, Germany on June 27. Carsten Koall/Getty Images