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Gay-Themed Traffic Lights Appear In Vienna Ahead Of The Eurovision Song Contest

The specially programmed lights will also be used to try to improve traffic safety.

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Traffic lights in the centre of Vienna have been programmed to show male and female gay couples as the Austrian capital gears up for the Eurovision Song Contest.

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Dozens of lights have been specially programmed ahead of this year's grand final, which takes place in the city on 23 May.

They show combinations of gay couples and hearts.

A spokesperson for Vienna’s lighting department said the lights were part of a campaign to show that the city is open-minded while also improving traffic safety, Reuters reported.

The Eurovision Song Contest will celebrate its 60th anniversary this year.

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Last year’s competition was won by the Austrian Conchita Wurst, who went on to become a global gay icon, Reuters said.

This year, 39 nations are battling to make the final 26, who will perform live on the night of the grand final.

Richard James is acting head of news for BuzzFeed Australia and is based in Sydney.

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