Approximately 50 sets of traffic lights around London’s busy Trafalgar Square had their ‘walk’ and ‘green man’ images replaced with seven different same-sex and transgender symbols last June to coincide with- and show support for- an annual Gay Pride festival. Transport for London’s gesture of good will to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and ‘trans diversity’ crowd in England’s capital was supposed to be a temporary measure, but the symbols are still in use, and are confusing to some day-trippers and tourists according to Britain’s express.co.uk.
The solitary ‘green man,’ who has been featured on UK traffic lights since 1969, has now been joined by a male partner or replaced with two green women holding hands. Other lights feature pairs of female and male gender symbols, or a transgender symbol (which combines elements of both sexes). Some pedestrians have complained that they no longer know which way to turn while crossing the central London streets, and if you look at the transgender symbol in particular, you can’t blame them, as it is essentially a series of arrows pointing in different directions. But, maybe they will all eventually “see the light.”
Mr. Smith, a father of two from Preston, Lancashire, said: “When the light went green I saw the two female symbols and I thought, ‘Oh right, so my missus can cross with my little girl but what do me and the boy do?’”
I imagine Mr. Smith continuing: “Then my son asked me, ‘Dad, what am I supposed to do?’ and I told him… just don’t go straight son. Just don’t go straight.”
This forever changes the way I’ll think of the phrase “out like a light.”