We have just 3 days to go until we celebrate Pride in style, and the city is preparing like never before.
This has got to be one of our favourite ways to honour LGBT though, have you spotted it yet?
If you look closely, you’ll notice that Manchester’s pedestrian signals in the city centre have been replaced with a range of diversity images.
Four special designs have been created by Siemens, to represent Lesbian, Gay, Hetrosexual and Transgender relationships, using the widely recognised gender symbols.
The lights were inspired by a similar set of traffic signals that were produced for Bournemouth Pride this year and London Pride in 2016.
The unique signals were manufactured by Siemens Mobility Limited’s Intelligent Traffic Systems (ITS) business in the UK to show Manchester’s support for LGBT+ diversity.
Siemens has changed 34 of the traditional ‘green-man’ symbols to different diversity symbols, with these remaining in place for the duration of the bank holiday weekend.
The signals being changed are on the junctions of London Road & Fairfield St junction, Whitworth St & Sackville St and finally Princess St & Whitworth St 8 optics.
Mark Fletcher, Chief Executive for Manchester Pride, said; “It’s great to see Siemens stepping out in support of LGBT+ people. As the charity which campaigns for LGBT+ equality all year round in Greater Manchester, we work hard to engage organisations to provide greater visibility. These diversity images on traffic lights do this is a fun and engaging way”.
Juergen Maier, CEO of Siemens UK said: “We are proud to have worked so closely with Manchester Pride and TfGM on this initiative, and to show our support for the festival in a fun and engaging way by installing these LGBT+ signal designs. 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.”
The Manchester Pride Festival is Manchester Pride’s flagship event with its roots in the heart of the city’s world famous Gay Village.
The event takes place in August, with this year’s The Big Weekend set to run from Friday 24 – Monday 27 August and the Parade on Saturday 25 August.