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Vienna’s gay-themed traffic lights to remain, says local official

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Street lights with same gender pairs, on display in downtown Vienna, Austria. The lights were set up by city officials until June, to coincide with a number of gay-friendly events.
The lights show couples — a man and a woman, two women or two men. Set up recently at 47 crossings, they were to be taken down in June, after the conclusion of several gay-friendly events. [...]

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Vienna traffic signals go red and green, gay and straight

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Street lights with same gender pairs are on display in downtown Vienna, Austria, May 12, 2015. These lights were set up by city officials until June, just in time for the annual Life Ball, where celebrities will rub shoulders with party-goers dressed in little more than body paint and cross-dressers in wild costumes at the charity event supporting AIDS research.
Some Vienna pedestrian traffic lights are suddenly not only red or green. They're also gay or straight. And Austria's right-wing Freedom Party is livid. [...]

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Thousands protest lesbian couple’s ejection from Vienna cafe for kissing

Friday, January 16, 2015
Protestors hold a poster reading " Kiss me I'm cute" during an protest in support of gay kissing, in Vienna, Austria, on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015.
Police estimated around 2,000 people participated in the protest Friday, forcing the closure of one downtown street. Some of the demonstrators exchanged long kisses. [...]

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Austria court lifts adoption restrictions for same-sex couples

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Austria's Constitutional Court in Vienna.
Prior to the decision Wednesday, same-sex partners could adopt a child only if one of them was the child's biological parent. [...]

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Newsweek profiles Conchita Wurst: ‘Europe’s game-changing bearded lady’

Sunday, December 28, 2014
Austrian singer and Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst performs on stage during the opening ceremony of the Life Ball in front of City Hall in Vienna, Austria, Saturday, May 31, 2014.
Europe is changing, and Conchita Wurst is both beneficiary and agent of that change. Her stardom is proof that Austria is willing to love someone different. Now’s she’s been elevated to a global stage. [...]

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Austria politician tells Pope Francis to speak up for same-sex marriage

Friday, November 28, 2014
Ulrike Lunacek
STRASBOURG, France -- A prominent, openly lesbian politician from Austria presented Pope Francis with a rainbow scarf on Tuesday, and called on the Pontiff to speak up for women’s rights and same-sex marriage. [...]

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No charges for man who attacked politician because there were no injuries

Saturday, July 12, 2014
Ulrike Lunacek
VIENNA -- A man who attacked Austria’s openly gay Greens politician Ulrike Lunacek by spraying butyric acid on her at Vienna's LGBT pride parade last month, will not face charges because no injuries were sustained. While the suspect has been identified, yet remains at large, prosecutors say he will not [...]

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Gay politician attacked with acid substance at Vienna pride event

Monday, June 16, 2014
Ulrike Lunacek
VIENNA -- Austria's first openly gay politician was the victim of an attack at Friday's annual LGBT pride parade in Vienna. An unknown assailant sprayed butyric acid at Ulrike Lunacek, leader of the Austrian Greens’ delegation to the European Parliament, as she was giving an interview on the sidelines of [...]

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Conchita Wurst steals show at ‘Life Ball’ charity event for AIDS research

Sunday, June 1, 2014
Austrian singer and Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst performs on stage during the opening ceremony of the Life Ball in front of City Hall in Vienna, Austria, Saturday, May 31, 2014.
VIENNA — Party-goers dressed in little more than body paint rubbed shoulders with men in tuxedoes and cross-dressers in wild costumes on Saturday, transforming Vienna's City Hall into a fantasy land. But in the end, Conchita Wurst stole the show. The occasion, Europe's biggest charity event, was serious: raising money [...]

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Austrian drag queen wows 10,000 fans outside federal chancellery in Vienna

Sunday, May 18, 2014
Conchita Wurst
VIENNA -- So... who was the real Conchita Wurst? The one on stage, of course. But with some of the fans gathered Sunday to fete the hirsute Austrian drag queen wearing fake beards, it was a justified question. [...]

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