One small step for a gay pedestrian, one giant leap for gaykind:
Vienna Installs Gay-Themed Traffic Lights Ahead Of Eurovision 2015
Because of last year's Eurovision victory by Austria's bearded lady, Conchita Wurst, Vienna is hosting this year's competition and is anxious to show its best face:
Vienna has introduced gay-themed traffic lights in preparation for this month's Eurovision contest, aiming to present the city as open-minded. Supporters also say the changes could improve road safety, attracting the attention of drivers.
But don't brake too suddenly to admire the gay traffic lights or you could get rear-en... oh, never mind.
AFP has actual video of the "gay-friendly" lights (as opposed to the old, intolerant homophobic traffic lights) in action here.
Waiting till the lights change is totally gay.
~Alas, it will be a long time before gay pedestrians are given the green light in the Gambia:
Gambian President Yahya Jammeh threatened the country's homosexuals in a recent speech, telling them: "I will slit your throat." Addressing an audience last week in the town of Farafeni as part of a nationwide tour, Jammeh said, "If you are a man and want to marry another man in this country and we catch you, no one will ever set eyes on you again, and no white person can do anything about it..."
About 95 percent of the country's population is Muslim...
You don't say. In the newly expanded eBook edition of Mark Steyn's Passing Parade, I point out that, according to the Vienna Institute of Demography, by mid-century a majority of Austrians under 15 will be Muslim. I wonder how many gay traffic lights they'll have then.
But enough of the internal contradictions of the diversity quilt. Islamic strongman Jammeh says he's never seen a gay turkey. Well, he would if the Gambia had more touring productions of Sondhei... oh, never mind.
In 2013, he questioned why he had never seen a "homosexual chicken, or turkey" in a statement in parliament: "Homosexuality is anti-god, anti-human, and anti-civilization. Homosexuals are not welcome in the Gambia. If we catch you, you will regret why you are born. I have buffaloes from South Africa and Brazil and they never date each other."
Maybe not, but it'd make a helluva Viennese traffic light.
~According to Amnesty International, the Gambia's National Intelligence Agency claims to have a "device" it can insert into your bottom to determine your orientation. Hmm. Lacking such cutting-edge technology, Oxford University is forced to rely on more primitive means of final adjudication. So its rugby players will be obliged to ace "anti-sexism class" before they're permitted to play in this year's Cuppers Final.
Laura Rosen Cohen calls this "a gradual process of castration": a sustained effort to harass and hector the last redoubts of masculine culture into getting with the program, from the campaign to replace Britain's "lad culture" with "good lads" - ie, the usual new-male eunuchs willing to stand in the street, glassy-eyed and smiling, while holding up approved slogans - "A Good Lad ...understands that feminism isn't a dirty word" - to the politically correct US Army ordering its men to "walk a mile in her shoes". Objections to the latter led to one of the great headlines of our time, from The Washington Post:
Army To Review Decision To Have Male Cadets Wear High Heels
That's an early frontrunner for this year's Epitaphs for the Republic competition.
The Gambian government makes gay men learn the Koran. The US Army makes straight men march down the street in red high heels. And we think the Gambian guy's weird.
~I'll be back on the radio Thursday for my weekly date with Hugh Hewitt, live coast to coast at 6pm Eastern/3pm Pacific.