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It Isn’t Always Sunshine and Rainbows: Other LGBTQ Flags and Symbols
So we all know about the Rainbow Flag, but, did you know there are a number of other flags and symbols that support a sense of community and belonging in the LGBTQ Community. Just like any other community, those who identify as LGBTQ may also identify with an even more defined subculture to connect with and feel a part of. Here are a few more flags and symbols that you might have seen but weren’t really sure what the meaning or purpose was:
Asexual Pride Flag
Created in August 2010 and is made up of 4 horizontal stripes; black (asexuality), gray (gray-aces and demisexuality), white (allies) and a purple stripe to represent community.
Bisexual Pride Flag
Unveiled in December 1998 the Bisexual Pride Flag was designed to represent and increase visibility of bisexuals in the LGBTQ community and in society. The flag consists of a pink stripe (attraction to the same sex), a blue stripe (attraction to the opposite sex) and a smaller purple stripe through the middle (attraction to both sexes).
Transgender Pride Flag
Was first flown in the Phoenix, AZ Pride Parade in 2000. The flag consists of 5 stripes - 2 blue (traditional colour for baby boys), 2 pink (traditional colour for baby girls) and 1 white (representing non-binary or those that feel they don't have a gender).
This is only a brief list of Pride Flags. There are a number of other flags that represent various sub-communities within the LGBTQ culture. Besides flags there has been a number of other symbols that have become synonymous with the LGBTQ community.
The (inverted) Pink Triangle is one of the oldest symbols representing homosexuality. It was used by the Nazi’s in concentration camps to identify homosexuality prisoners. It is estimated that nearly 15,000 gay men and lesbians died during the Holocaust. In recent years the Pink Triangle has been re-claimed as a symbol of remembrance and personal pride.
Interlocking Gender Symbols
In the 1970’s two interlocking gender symbols first appeared to describe sexuality. Each symbol is derived from the symbols for Venus (female) and Mars (male), and when the two are placed interlocking it can represent a number of LGBTQ communities.
Last but not least….
In recent years, and even back in the 1970’s and 1980’s, the unicorn has joined the rainbow flag as a symbol for the LGBTQ community.
“Always be yourself unless you can be a unicorn, then always be a unicorn.”
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