Target: Vienna Councilwoman, Maria Vassilakou
Goal: Applaud pedestrian traffic lights displaying LGBT-friendly images.
Rather than generic stick figures, Vienna, Austria will now display various couples on pedestrian crosswalks, including LGBT couples complete with hearts. In the wake of several LGBT-friendly events across the city, Vienna hopes to promote a culture of tolerance and acceptance. Thank Councilwoman Maria Vassilakou for this beautiful display of love in an increasingly progressive society.
Traditionally, pedestrian traffic lights display the stick figure of a man, regarded by many as outdated and reminiscent of a patriarchal society. The new images on crosswalks will not only promote tolerance, but also aim to discourage jaywalking by drawing attention to citizens. The images even display hearts in the ultimate gesture of optimism and light-heartedness.
In a quiet and subtle manner, Vienna has found an excellent way to promote tolerance and love. This gesture accurately demonstrates just how far Austria and the rest of the world have come. The images will display both LGBT and heterosexual couples, sure to make every individual feel they have a welcome place in society.
This change, however small it may be, represents a much larger struggle and serves as an important tool in continuing the push forward for the LGBT community in the fight for equality. Please sign this petition to thank Councilwoman Maria Vassilakou for allowing this progressive display of love in Austria’s capital.
Dear Councilwoman Vassilakou,
Vienna’s recent decision to implement various LGBT couples onto pedestrian crosswalk signs is a welcomed change by much of society. It serves as an indication of just how far society has come in the fight for equality. Thank you for allowing this progressive movement to be reflected in various traffic signals.
The new images of couples on pedestrian traffic lights serve multiple purposes, each as important as the last. Citizens will absolutely take notice of the images and feel less inclined to jaywalk. This is vital for the safety of pedestrians and drivers.
Most importantly, the images significantly contribute to the feeling of positive change and acceptance. In a strong representation of unity, all couples are represented, signifying a lack of differences and highlighting a theme of humanity among us all.
I can only hope that cities across the world will take notice of this act and work to mimic its true intentions. I applaud Vienna’s decision to represent various types of romantic pairings in the city’s traffic signals.
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