Transgender road crossing unveiled in The Netherlands

The world's first transgender crossing
The world's first transgender crossing

A road crossing celebrating the transgender community has been unveiled in The Netherlands.

Believed to be the first of its kind in the world, the crossing is painted in the colours of the transgender flag and is adjacent to a rainbow crossing dedicated to the wider LGBT community. 

Located in the town of Almere, the new crossing is pink, which stands for girls, blue for boys and white for people who do not align themselves to either sex. 

Local politician Jerzy Soetekouw said the crossing was put in place to make a statement about the town's inclusivity. 

'In Almere, everyone is free to be who they want to be. This is reinforced by the zebra crossings.'

However, not all were thrilled with the town's new addition with some taking to social media to question the practicality of the crossing. 

"We all learned that a pedestrian crossing is black and white for the priority of all pedestrians. Does this mean that you should not give priority to all NON-transgender people and continue driving? Doesn't this have to be adjusted to the traffic law?" one commenter posted.

Another questioned the choice of the colours writing: "I understand that rainbow flag, but who is responsible for these colours in the context of transgender? Probably one did not think about it for long. A little explanation seems desirable".



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