Manchester pedestrian crossings get LGBT makeover for Pride

New pedestrian signals in Manchester will catch the eyes of LGBT+ people visiting the city for its annual Pride festival this weekend.

Four specially designed pedestrian crossing signals have been introduced to parts of the city to mark Pride, and represent lesbian, gay, heterosexual and transgender relationships using gender symbols.

Courtesy of Manchester Pride

The initiative, which was inspired by similar efforts for Bournemouth Pride and London Pride in 2016, will replace 34 of the traditional green man symbols for the whole bank holiday weekend.

Mark Fletcher, Chief Executive for Manchester Pride said they campaign all year around to “engage organisations to provide greater visibility.”

“These diversity images on traffic lights do this in a fun and engaging way,” he added.

Juergen Maier, CEO of Siemens UK, who made the new lights, said the company was proud to show their support for the festival.

“Diversity and inclusivity is very important to Siemens, and this is a great example of a simple idea of supporting Pride and getting all people in Manchester to engage in a conversation about LGBT+ inclusion.”

Siemens will also be sponsoring a well-being community café at LGBT Foundation in the Gay Village over the course of Pride. The aim of the café is to provide a space for people to relax and meet other people, as well as reducing social isolation.

Courtesy of Manchester Pride

Manchester Pride’s four day event, the Big Weekend, will kick off on Friday with Rita Ora, Jake Shears, Sigala and Alexandra Burke taking to the stage.

It looks to be the last year that Manchester Pride will take place in the city’s iconic Canal Street location, due to property development.

Organisers confirmed to PinkNews earlier this month that due to “significant development in the area… there won’t be the space next year” to host the event in the same area.

The Council insisted that it “fully supports the annual Pride weekend” and will “work with the community and organisers to identify and secure an alternative space to host the event.”