• London's Trafalgar Square is now home to around 50 new traffic and pedestrian crossing lights featuring LGBT+ symbols. (Instagram / Transport for London)
London's Trafalgar Square is now home to around 50 new traffic and pedestrian crossing lights featuring LGBT+ symbols in lieu of the traditional solid lights or 'little green men'.
By
Shami Sivasubramanian

21 Jun 2016 - 12:53 PM  UPDATED 21 Jun 2016 - 1:14 PM

Ahead of the city's Pride in London parade which will take place this weekend, London's Trafalgar Square is receiving an LGBTQIA+ makeover with about 50 new traffic and pedestrian crossing lights featuring LGBT+ symbols already outfitted at main intersections. 

This temporary change to the Square's decor was inspired by a similar project in Vienna last year. The Austrian city made the switch ahead of the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest, an event Austria hosted after Conchita Wurst won the 2014 contest. 

The temporary lights were installed last Sunday night, in preparation for the Pride in London parade, which takes place this weekend.

The City of London say the lighting makeover also marks the city's solidarity with the victims of Orlando's Pulse shooting massacre. 

“Our thoughts and prayers are of course still with the families and friends of the victims of the hideous recent attack in Orlando. These new signals show that we stand shoulder to shoulder with them and display the tolerance and celebration of difference in our city,” London mayor Sadiq Khan tells Pink News.

“One of the greatest things about this city is our differences and every Londoner should be proud of who they are," Kahn added. “I am very proud of our LGBT+ community here and I am looking forward to working closely with them as their mayor."

The Pride in London festival commenced June 10 and will conclude with a parade in Trafalgar Square on Sunday June 26.