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Pride flags connected to sexual identification[edit]

Different flags used to sexual identification show connection to specific sexual identification.

Rainbow flag[edit]

Original eight-stripe version designed by Gilbert Baker in 1978
Six-color version popular since 1979. Number of stripes reduced to an even number to prevent middle color from being hidden when hung vertically on lampposts, indigo changed to royal blue
Version with hot pink removed due to fabric unavailability. (1978–1979)

Gilbert Baker designed the rainbow flag for the 1978 San Francisco's Gay Freedom Celebration. The flag does not depict or show an actual rainbow. Rather, the colors of the rainbow are displayed as horizontal stripes, with red at the top and purple at the bottom. It represents the diversity of gays and lesbians around the world. The purple stripe is sometimes replaced with a black stripe to show masculinity or leather pride. In the original eight-strip version, pink stood for sexuality, red for life, orange for healing, yellow for the sun, green for nature, turquoise for art, indigo for harmony and violet for the soul.[1] The original eight color rainbow flag flies over the Castro in San Francisco and from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center in New York City.

Pride colors used in conection with LGBT but not on flags[edit]

Pride colors as part of a street sign in the Washington Square West neighborhood of Philadelphia, in the United States.

The Pride colors are also used on objects other than flags to symbolize LGBT pride, community, solidarity, or other issues.

Local and national pride flags[edit]

it exist a number of different Local and national and combination flags. some examples.

Gay Leather Bear Cub Flag created for the purpose of an combination flag for a range of gay subcultures
Gay Leather Bear Cub Flag created for the purpose of an combination flag for a range of gay subcultures
Gay pride in London flag
Gay pride in London flag
Flag of the United States, re-colored with the colors from the gay-pride flag
Flag of the United States, re-colored with the colors from the gay-pride flag
Gay Pride variant of the Australian National Flag.
Gay Pride variant of the Australian National Flag.

Pansexuality Pride Flag[edit]

The pansexual pride flag has three stripes. The top stripe is pink, representing attraction to the female gender, the middle stripe is yellow, representing attraction to people of non-binary genders, and the bottom stripe is blue to symbolize attraction to the male gender.

Bisexuality Pride flag[edit]

Bisexual Pride flag

First unveiled on 5 December 1998,[2] the bisexual pride flag was designed by Michael Page to represent the Bisexual community. This rectangular flag consists of a broad magenta stripe at the top, representing same-gender attraction; a broad stripe in blue at the bottom, representing opposite-gender attraction; and a narrower deep lavender band occupying the central fifth, which represents attraction towards both genders.

Bear Pride flag (The International Bear Brotherhood Flag)[edit]

Bear Brotherhood flag

The International Bear Brotherhood Flag was designed in 1995 by Craig Byrnes(VA Copyright 760–763 digital graphic by Paul Witzkoske for Bear Manufacturing).[3]

Bear is an affectionate gay slang term for those in the bear communities, a subculture in the gay community and an emerging subset of LGBT communities with events, codes and culture specific identity. Bears tend to have hairy bodies and facial hair; some are heavy-set; some project an image of working-class masculinity in their grooming and appearance, though none of these are requirements or unique indicators. The bear concept can function as an identity, an affiliation, and an ideal to live up to, and there is ongoing debate in bear communities about what constitutes a bear. Some state that self-identifying as a bear is the only requirement, while others argue that bears must have certain physical characteristics—such as a hairy chest and face or having a large body—and a certain mode of dress and behavior.

Lesbian/Labrys Pride Flag[edit]

Lesbian pride flag.svg

The Lesbian/Labrys Pride Flag is a symbol for the lesbian community. The elements in this flag are the labrys a double-sided hatchet or axe commonly used in ancient European, African, and Asian matriarchal societies as both a weapon and a harvesting tool. The color lavender became popular in American lesbian circles in the 1930s. Like the pink triangle, the black triangle is also rooted in Nazi Germany. The black triangle was used to designate prisoners with anti-social behavior which included lesbians. The flag was created by artist Sean Campbell in 1999 and first national use as an graphic element for a pride edition in GLT magazine in 2000.

Lipstick lesbian[edit]

Lipstick Lesbian Pride Flag

A lipstick lesbian pride flag.

Transgender Pride flag[edit]

Transgender flag

Transgender Pride flag designed by Monica Helms, and first shown at a pride parade in Phoenix, Arizona, USA in 2000. The flag represents the transgender community and consists of five horizontal stripes, two light blue, two pink, with a white stripe in the center. Helms described the meaning of the flag as follows:

Intersexual/Bigender Pride flag[edit]

Intersexual Pride flag

The Intersexual Pride flag is for intersexuals or Bigender who have a separate self-definition (despite their similarities) from that of transgender people, as one can be either a natural-born intersexual, or later transition from male or female to a female-male with the end result being a combination of the two as the desired outcome, rather than becoming fully the other sex. Intersexuality is the condition of being partially female and male at birth; the term bigender is used for individuals who choose to become intersexual through hormone replacement therapy or for those diagnosed with the condition of acting feminine at one point and masculine at another point.

Genderqueer Pride Flag[edit]

Genderqueer flag

Another Genderqueer symbol is the Genderqueer Pride Flag designed inpart by collaborators on the web and finilized by Marilyn Roxie on 4 September 2010. The flag represents the Genderqueer community and consists of three horizontal stripes of equal width : one lavender, one dark chartreuse green, and one white. The meaning of the Genderqueer flag is as follows:

  • Lavender – the mixing of blue and pink (traditional male and female colors, also present on the trans flag); meant to represent those under the GQ umbrella who feel they are both male and female in identity, as well as “queerness”, as for example, lavender has been associated with homosexuality and bisexuality
  • Dark Chartreuse Green – the inverse of the lavender color; meant to represent GQ individuals who feel they are neither male nor female in identity,
  • White – meant to represent GQ individuals falling completely outside of the gender binary.[4]

Asexual flag[edit]

asexual flag
America asexual flag

In August 2010 a flag was voted and then elected.[5] It has since been seen used on tumblr in various LGBTQetc areas, and had in fact been seen alongside other Sexual Orientations flags previous to formal election.[6] The black stripe represents asexuality, the grey stripe grey-asexuality and the demisexuals, the white stripe sexuality and the purple stripe community.

Androgyny Pride[edit]

The androgyny pride flag's origin is unknown, but is meant as a symbol for androgynous people of all sexualities. The grey field represents the ambiguousness of androgynous people, and the blue and pink equal sign represents an equality between genders.

unclear copyright link http://www.gayfetishgoth.com/resources/flags.html

Pride flags used by show connection to different fetishes or unconventional relationship structure[edit]

Different Pride flags that have an overlap betvin use by LGBTQ and straight community and denote specifier fetishism or non gender identity specifics practises. Example: polyamory, lether, BDSM.

Leather sub-culture[edit]

Leather Pride flag

The Leather Pride Flag was designed by Tony DeBlase, and he first presented the design at the International Mr. Leather event in Chicago, Illinois, United States on 28 May 1989.

Another name that is used to describe the leather flag is "Black and Blue with Love".

Leather culture denotes practices and styles of dress organized around sexual activities and eroticism ("kink"). Wearing leather garments is one way that participants in this culture self-consciously distinguish themselves from mainstream sexual cultures. Leather culture is most visible in gay communities and most often associated with gay men ("leathermen"), but it is also reflected in various ways in the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and straight worlds. Many people associate leather culture with BDSM (Bondage/Discipline, Dominance/Submission, Sado/Masochism, also called "S & M") practice. But for others, wearing black leather clothing is an erotic fashion that expresses heightened masculinity or the appropriation of sexual power; love of motorcycles and independence; and engagement in sexual kink or leather fetishism.[7]

Rubber/Latex Pride flag[edit]

thumb|200px|left|The rubber pride flag.

The rubber pride flag, also known as the latex pride flag is a symbol used by members of the rubber and latex fetish community. It was designed in 1994 by Peter Tolos and Scott Moats. The rubber pride flag is similar to the leather pride flag, as a symbol representing the community.[8][9]

Design The flags has three colours: black, red and yellow. The black represents "our lust for the look and feel for shiny black rubber." The red represents "our blood passion for rubber and rubbermen." The yellow represents "our drive for intense rubber play and fantasies." The chevron is meant to represent kinkiness.[8][9]

BDSM Rights/Pride flag[edit]

BDSM Rights Flag colour BDSM Rights Flag Black and White

The BDSM Rights Flag intended to represent the belief that people whose sexuality or relationship preferences include Bondage and Discipline, Dominance and Submission, or Sadism and Masochism ("BDSM") deserve the same human rights as everyone else, and should not be discriminated against for pursuing BDSM with consenting adults.

The flag is inspired by the Leather Pride Flag and Quagmyr's BDSM Emblem, but is specifically intended to represent the concept of BDSM Rights and to be without the other symbols' restrictions against commercial use. It's designed to be recognisable by people familiar with either the Leather Pride Flag or BDSM Triskelion (or Triskele) as "something to do with BDSM"; and to be distinctive whether reproduced in full colour, or in black and white (or another pair of colours.).[10]

more variation on bondage rights flag http://www.masterslaveflag.com/html/flags_of_our_community.html

BDSM sub groups[edit]

Master Slave Pride flag[edit]
Master Slave Pride flag.gif

On July 29, 2005, The Master/slave and Dom/sub Flag was officially unveiled at the Master/slave Conference The single vertical line means authority, power, or dominance. The three horizontal lines together is an established ideogram. In one system of psychological signs the three horizontal lines symbol is used to mean 'passive intellect', which is synonymous with submissive.

Ownership Pride Flag[edit]
Ownership subculture flag

The Ownership Pride Flag was created by Tanos in the United Kingdom in 2006, as part of the Ownership Icons. The black and white striped field represents the clear distinction between owners and property, as well as to represent the bars of a cage or jail cell on the uniforms of convicts sentenced to penal servitude. The charge features a red shield, with a thick circle, representing the collar, and owned submissives and slaves.

Switch Pride Flag[edit]
Switch Pride Flag

The switch pride flag was posted publicly for the first time in January 2009 by C4bl3Fl4m3 in Takoma Park, MD. Though the flag was intended as a first draught, it has already been used in pride parades in the US. The flag is an obvious derivation on the Leather Pride flag (above) with the heart moved to the charge of the flag, and red arrows to represent the role of the Switch.

The Switch Pride Flag is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.

BDSM Pride (metal)[edit]

The BDSm Rights Flag is intended to represent people who's sexual preferences include Bondage and Discipline, (BD,) or Sadism and Masochism (SM) regardless of their sexual preference. The triskelion was meant to represent the idea that fetishist deserve the same rights as anyone else, without discrimination for their sexual practices. The triskelion is meant to represent the threes of BDSm: Dom, sub and Switch; and Safe, Sane and Consensual. The triskelion is a symbol which dates back thousands of years, and was adopted as a symbol which the BDSm community could recognize without the mainstream culture being aware of its meaning.

vary unclear copyright so no flag but a link http://www.gayfetishgoth.com/resources/flags.html

Animal identity[edit]

Puppy Pride Flag / Dog Play Pride[edit]

Several different flags are used to represent puppy play.

This Puppy Pride flag was created by 'Pup Flip' based on input by 1000+ members on Facebook and it is the official Puppy Pride flag of International Puppy. The flag has the same number of Black, Blue and White Stripes as the Leather Pride Flag created by Tony DeBlase that is a symbol for the leather community, which encompass those who are into leather, Levi's, SM, BD, uniform, cowboys, rubber, and other fetishes. The Stripes are set on a 30 degree diagonal reminiscent of the boy flag designed by Keith P to indicate a new direction. The White Stripe is wider than the other stripes to represent the broadness of the puppy community. The blood Red Bone in the center of the flag indicates the unconditional, non-judgmental heart of the puppy. This flag design was released to public domain May 10, 2011 so it can be used royalty free for private or commercial use. The original images and files in several formats can be found at http://www.humanpups.com/orhttp://www.internationalpuppycontest.com/Colors Used:Royal Blue (PANTONE: Reflex Blue 2X – CMYK 100,73,0,2 – RGB 23,23,150)Red (PANTONE: 1788 2X – CMYK: 0, 84, 88, 0 – RGB: 235, 38, 41)Black (PANTONE: Black 6 2X – CMYK: 0, 0, 0, 100 – RGB: 0, 0, 0)White (CMYK: 0, 0, 0, 0 – RGB: 255, 255, 255)

The most accepted Puppy Pride flag of today was created by 'Pup Flip Gray' and 'Grungepup Jeff' who based it on the most popular design voted for by 1000+ members of a Facebook group and it is the official Puppy Pride flag of International Puppy. The flag has the same number of Black, Blue and White Stripes as the Leather Pride Flag created by Tony DeBlase that is a symbol for the leather community, which encompass those who are into leather, Levi's, SM, BD, uniform, cowboys, rubber, and other fetishes. The Stripes are set on a 30 degree diagonal reminiscent of the boy flag designed by Keith P to indicate a new direction. The White Stripe is wider than the other stripes to represent the broadness of the puppy community. The blood Red Bone in the center of the flag indicates the unconditional, non-judgmental heart of the puppy. This flag design was released to public domain May 10, 2011 so it can be used royalty free for private or commercial use. The images and files in several formats can be found at http://www.humanpups.com/ and on http://www.internationalpuppycontest.com/

Colors Used: Royal Blue (PANTONE: Reflex Blue 2X – CMYK 100,73,0,2 – RGB 23,23,150) Red (PANTONE: 1788 2X – CMYK: 0, 84, 88, 0 – RGB: 235, 38, 41) Black (PANTONE: Black 6 2X – CMYK: 0, 0, 0, 100 – RGB: 0, 0, 0) White (CMYK: 0, 0, 0, 0 – RGB: 255, 255, 255)[11]

One of the most accepted versions of the Puppy Pride flag of the past was created by 'Nipper', who submitted it to a Yahoo! Group. This flag was voted by 300+ members as the best choice. The flag featured the same black, blue, and white lines as the leather flag (above), but the red heart in the canton has been replaced by a paw print. It was released by its creator as shareware which is a very unclear copyright so no image of the flag is shown but here is an external a link to it http://www.gayfetishgoth.com/resources/flags.html

Furry Pride (Canine)[edit]

2 Different flags flag represents the "furry" canine community; (also sometimes referred to as Yiffy, Anthro or Morph communitiy.) The origin of this flag, or the specifics of its symbolic meaning is unknown. The acceptance of this flag by the community of this fetish group could not be verified.

vary unclear copyright so no flag but a link http://www.gayfetishgoth.com/resources/flags.html

Furry Pride (Feline) / Kitten Pride[edit]

This flag represents the "furry" feiline community; (also sometimes referred to as Yiffy, Anthro or Morph communitiy.) The pale blue at the top of the field is meant to represent the male gender; the pink in the center of the field is meant to represent the female gender, and the pale purple at the bottom of the field is meant to represent the transgendered. The center of the field is a feline paw print, representing feline anthropormorphism across all gender boundaries. The flag was designed by 'Ponygirl Linsey', and was posted on ponyplay.org, a furry community based in Florida, USA.

vary unclear copyright so no flag but a link http://www.gayfetishgoth.com/resources/flags.html

Pony Pride Flag[edit]

The pony pride flag was created by Carrie, (a.k.a. Mystic Storm), who presented the flag to the crowd at the Florida Fetish Weekend in October 2007. The black field represents a tie to the leather community; the white bar represents the true/pure inner spirit within each pony. The blue line across the centre represents the ponies who strive to exceed at their craft, as well as the competition aspects of pony play; it's also a nod to denim, for all the cowboys and cowgirls who love their ponies. The green circle represents the grass and nature of a horse's environment, and the overlaying shoes represent the pony in its natural environment, and the unification of all ponies.

vary unclear copyright so no flag but a link http://www.gayfetishgoth.com/resources/flags.html

Other Groups[edit]

Boy-Boi Pride Flag[edit]

Uniform Fetish[edit]

The Military Fetish Flag has been showing up on the web for a couple of years now. Its creator is unknown at this time.

Cowboy Fetish Flag[edit]

The (leather) Cowboy Fetish Flag is a symbol for the leather and/or cowboy community, which encompass those who are into cowboys or who do live the life of the modern day gay cowboy. The idea behind the creation of the symbol was to give the gay cowboy-cowboy fetish community a created symbol of their own. The artist does omit that the horse looks like a stylize Lambda symbol by chance, and not by design. The flag was created by artist Sean Campbell in 2001.

Feather Pride[edit]

Feather Pride Flag.gif

The Feather Pride Flag is a symbol for the Drag community, which encompass those who are into Drag Queens, Fancy Kings, their courts and other fetishes. The phoenix which the gay community has embraces for its own as a symbol of rebirth, it is symbolic display here for the fires of passion which the drag community had in the early days of HIV/AID epidemic, raising funds for research within the gay community. The flag was created by artist Sean Campbell in 1999 and first national use as an graphic element for a pride edition in GLT magazine in 2000.

Foot/Feet Fetishist Pride Flag[edit]

The foot fetishist pride flag is a black field with white footprints in the charge, and a woven red and blue border. The origin of this flag, or it's meaning are unclear. If you have information regarding it's creation, please contact me.

vary unclear copyright so no flag but a link http://www.gayfetishgoth.com/resources/flags.html

Bootblack Pride Flag[edit]

2 wersions The bootblack flag was designed and created by Jesse “Spanky” Penley from Kansas City, Kansas, USA. The flag premiered at International LeatherSir/ International Leatherboy weekend in Atlanta, GA on Oct 6th, 2005. Using the Leather Pride colors, he used a diagonal stripe to differentiate from the leather pride flag. The flag only uses three stripes, two blue, and one white. The width of the stripes, signify the wide range of people who are, and appreciate boot blacks. The unisex boot, stands for the non-gender specific nature of boot blacking. The large red heart positioned behind the boot, signifies the heart that the bootblack puts behind his or her boots.

vary unclear copyright so no flag but a link http://www.gayfetishgoth.com/resources/flags.html

Gasmask Fetish Pride Flag[edit]

The gasmask pride flag is of my own creation. The field is a tribute to the leather pride flag, but the lines have been angled to represent the airflow variations of gasmasks. The change of the flag is a red and black gasmask symbol.

vary unclear copyright so no flag but a link http://www.gayfetishgoth.com/resources/flags.html

Gothic Sexuality Pride Flag[edit]

The gothic sexuality pride flag came about as an evolution of a symbol which was established by Erik Dunesque of London, England established in 1990 for people interested in the gothic sex scene to identify each other easily. The symbol is the Eye of Horus, reversed, and is in the charge of the flag in purple, representing funereal colours. The black field represents the night, and the dark sensuality of gothic sexuality.

vary unclear copyright so no flag but a link http://www.gayfetishgoth.com/resources/flags.html

Gay Gothic Sexuality Pride Flag[edit]

The gay gothic sexuality pride flag is an obvious derivation of the original 1990 version (above) for the gay community interested in gothic sexuality. Other versions of the gay pride version show the rainbow reversed, with purple at the top, as a nod to the original purple design of the flag.

vary unclear copyright so no flag but a link http://www.gayfetishgoth.com/resources/flags.html

Longhaired Fetish Pride Flag[edit]

The longhaired fetish pride flag is my own creation, presented to the longhaired community on 20 April 2009. While there were symbols for the longhaired community, none of them could be translated into actual fabric flags, and I felt it was time to have a symbol which was meaningful to those in the longhaired community, but which had no particular meaning to others. The field is striped in red, purple and blue, and has a circular shape at the top of the charge, (representing the top of a head,) and expanding strands of colour coming downward, in the various colours of hair which exist in all creeds and races of people. See the complete etymology here.

vary unclear copyright so no flag but a link http://www.gayfetishgoth.com/resources/flags.html

Skinhead Fetish Pride Flag[edit]

2 wersion one older this is the discreption on the never. The gay skinhead pride flag was created for the 10th anniversary of FENIX Global Skin Movement in an effort to unite skins behind one symbol. Designed by SkinDavid and Shadowskin in 2006 in Antwerp, Belgium. The laurel wreath is meant to represent the unity and brotherhood of the skin movement.

vary unclear copyright so no flag but a link http://www.gayfetishgoth.com/resources/flags.html

Freak Pride Flag[edit]

The freak pride flag was created by Mitchel McAllister in 2004, where it debuted on the now defunct "Freak Farm" website. Designed to unite fetishists into tattoos, piercings, and body modifications, as well as unique or strange outward appearances and fetish wear, the 11 barred field contains six colours, mirrored from the centre: Black symbolizes change and strength; dark blue represents all fetish gear; maroon for the blood and bonds of body modification; dark goldenrod for the courage to be unique and one's self; grey for the metal worn by the pierced; white represents the purity in purpose. The canton is reversed to represent the journey away from the mainstream, and the kinky aspects of the community.

vary unclear copyright so no flag but a link http://www.gayfetishgoth.com/resources/flags.html

Chav Fetish Pride Flag[edit]

Chavs, or Charvers, are somewhat specific to the English culture. The flag is a recreation of the Burberry brand tartan pattern, which is a brand name of clothing commonly associated with the chav sub-culture. This flag was seen first in the London Gay Pride of 2008.

vary unclear copyright so no flag but a link http://www.gayfetishgoth.com/resources/flags.html

Polyamory pride flag[edit]

The Jim Evans poly pride flag.
The infinity heart

The poly pride flag consists of three equal horizontal colored stripes with a symbol in the center of the flag. The colors of the stripes, from top to bottom, are as follows: blue, representing the openness and honesty among all partners with which we conduct our multiple relationships; red, representing love and passion; and black, representing solidarity with those who, though they are open and honest with all participants of their relationships, must hide those relationships from the outside world due to societal pressures. The symbol in the center of the flag is a gold Greek lowercase letter 'pi', as the first letter of 'polyamory'. The letter's gold color represents the value that we place on the emotional attachment to others, be the relationship friendly or romantic in nature, as opposed to merely primarily physical relationships. The infinity heart symbol can also bee used on a flag.

Fat Fetishism Flag[edit]

Fat Fetishism Flag

The Adipophilia Pride Flag, is a proposed symbol for use by members of the associated fat fetish community. It was designed in 2011 by Kevin Seguin aka "The Cosmopolitan". "The colours are a play on neopolitan ice cream, each colour representing a distinct aspect of the fetish"[12]

Adult Baby/Diaper Lover (AB/DL) Pride Flag[edit]

:Adult Baby and Diaper Lover Pride Flag

The Adult Baby/Diaper Lover (AB/DL) pride flag is a proposed symbol for free use by members of adult baby/diaper lover fetish community. It was created in 2005 by David of ABDLScandinavia.com.

"The purpose of the flag is to display pride over and sympathy with the ABDL community. It can be used as an ordinary flag, being sewn onto clothes, made in pin-form to be worn at the coat collar or just decorate the living room wall. Feel free to display it publicly.

It is designed to somewhat resemble of the common symbol of the ABDL community – diapers – in a tasteful and not too obvious way. It mostly consist of white and light colors, an obvious choice since those are the most associated with diapers."[13]

Other uses of Pride type flags[edit]

Two Spirit[edit]

The two spirit community has adopted its own flag, based on the six colour rainbow flag with the symbol of the two spirit community. Both symbols were developed by the Two Spirit Committee.

Straight Allies[edit]

Straight Allies Support Flag

The Straight Allies flag emerged in the late 2000s for people who supported the LGBT Rights movement but did not personally use the rainbow flag because they did not identify themselves as being LGBT, or did not want to people to have the misconception that they were LGBT.[14] The flag consists of a Rainbow upside-down 'V' on a black and white stripped background. The Rainbow 'V' represents the "A" in Activism, with the rainbow colours represented the Gay Pride flag. The black and white stripes represent heterosexuality. The Ally Flag regained usage on the internet in late 2010 for 'straight' supporters of LGBT equality, as Same-Sex marriage became a prominent political issue.

Other Symbols[edit]

Other Symbols connected to sexual identification[edit]

Triangles during World War II and modern use[edit]

One of the oldest of these symbols is the pink triangle, which originated from the Nazi concentration camp badges that homosexuals were required to wear on their clothing. The Pink Triangle is used both as an identification symbol and as a memento to remind both its wearers and the general public of the atrocities that gays suffered under Nazi persecutors. AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT-UP) adopted the inverted pink triangle to symbolize the “active fight back” against HIV/AIDS “rather than a passive resignation to fate.”

While the pink triangle was used exclusively with male prisoners, lesbians were not included under Paragraph 175. However, women were arrested and imprisoned for "antisocial behavior," which include anything from feminism, lesbianism, and prostitution etc. These women were labeled with a black triangle. Modern-day lesbians have reclaimed this symbol for themselves as gay men have reclaimed the pink triangle.

Pink Triangle Black Triangle Pink & Yellow Triangles Nazi Chart

Pink triangle.svg

Black triangle.svg

Pink triangle jew.svg

The pink triangle was originally used to denote homosexual men as a Nazi concentration camp badge.

The black triangle was used to mark "asocial" and "workshy" individuals, including prostitutes, Roma and others in the camps. It has been adapted as a lesbian symbol.

The pink triangle overlapping a yellow triangle was used to tag Jewish homosexuals in Nazi concentration camps.

A chart, circa 1938–1942, of prisoner markings used in German concentration camps. The 5th column from the left was for homosexual men.

An inverted pink triangle surrounded by a green circle

Safespace as used to symbolize alliance with gay rights and space free from homophobia.

Bisexuality symbols – , triangles, and moons[edit]

Overlapping triangles
Bisexual moon symbol.

The blue and pink overlapping triangle symbol represents bisexuality and bi pride. The exact origin of this symbol, sometimes facetiously referred to as the "biangles", remains ambiguous. It is popularly thought that the pink triangle may represent homosexuality, as it does when it stands alone, while the blue stands for heterosexuality. The two together form the color lavender, a blend of both sexual orientations and a color that has been associated with homosexuality for almost a century. It's also possible that the pink may represent attraction to females, the blue attraction to males and lavender attraction to both. The bisexual moon symbol was created to avoid the use of the Nazi-originated pink triangle.[15]

Lesbian symbols[edit]

Double Venus[edit]

two hearts Double_Venus

Lesbian Two overlapping Venus (female) symbols, intended to express a lesbian couple, or lesbianism in general. In this version of the graphic, the two Venus signs are shown in different colors and interlaced.

Blue star[edit]

Blue star

Historically, a blue star has been used as a symbol of butchness.[16] The site Butch-Femme.com uses a black triangle in a red circle to represent butch/femme sexuality.[17]

Lesbians in the mid-twentieth century would tattoo a blue star on a part of the body, commonly the arm, that could be covered during the day and revealed at night/in clubs.[citation needed]


The labrys symbol.

The labrys, or double-bladed battle axe, was a symbol used in the ancient civilization of Minoan Crete (sometimes portrayed as having certain matriarchal tendencies). As a modern symbol, it is often used to represent lesbian and feminist strength and self-sufficiency.[18] In use since the late 1970s.

Gay signs[edit]



The Greek symbol lambda.

One symbol which continues to remain popular is the lower case Greek letter lambda. The symbol was originally chosen by the Gay Activists Alliance of New York in 1970. The GAA was a group which broke away from the larger Gay Liberation Front at the end of 1969, only six months after its foundation in response to the Stonewall Riots. While the GLF wanted to work side by side with the black and women's liberation movements to gain unity and acceptance, the GAA wanted to focus their efforts more concisely on only Gay and Lesbian issues.

Because of its official adoption by the GAA, which sponsored public events for the gay community, the lambda soon became a quick way for the members of the gay community to identify each other. The reasoning was that the lambda would easily be mistaken for a college fraternity symbol and ignored by the majority of the population. Eventually, though, the GAA headquarters was torched by an arsonist, destroying not only the building but all of the organization's records, and the movement never recovered from the loss. The symbol, however, lived on.

Even though at one time it acquired a strictly male connotation,[citation needed] it is used by both gays and lesbians today. Back in December 1974, the lambda was officially declared the international symbol for gay and lesbian rights by the International Gay Rights Congress in Edinburgh, Scotland.[19] Also, the lambda is said to signify unity under oppression.[19] The gay rights organization Lambda Legal and the American Lambda Literary Award derive their names from this symbol.

Purple Rhino[edit]

Purple rhinoceros

Gay activists in Boston chose the purple rhinoceros as a symbol of the gay movement after conducting a media campaign for this purpose (1974), selecting this animal because, although it is sometimes misunderstood, it is really both docile and intelligent – but when a rhinoceros is angered, it fights ferociously. Lavender was used because it was a widely recognized gay pride color and the heart was added to represent love and the "common humanity of all people."

Purple hand[edit]

On Halloween night (31 October), 1969, sixty members of the Gay Liberation Front (GLF) and the Society for Individual Rights (SIR) staged a protest at San Francisco's Examiner in response to another in a series of news articles disparaging LGBT people in San Francisco's gay bars and clubs.[20][21] The peaceful protest against the "homophobic editorial policies" of the Examiner turned tumultuous and were later called "Friday of the Purple Hand" and "Bloody Friday of the Purple Hand".[21][22][23][24][25] Examiner employees "dumped a bag of printers' ink from the third story window of the newspaper building onto the crowd".[21][23] Some reports were that it was a barrel of ink poured from the roof of the building.[26] The protestors "used the ink to scrawl "Gay Power" and other slogans on the building walls" and stamp purple hand prints "throughout downtown San Francisco" resulting in "one of the most visible demonstrations of gay power".[21][23][25]

Freedom rings[edit]


Freedom rings, designed by David Spada, are six aluminum rings, each in one of the colors of the rainbow flag. They were originally released in 1991.[27] Symbolizing happiness and diversity, these rings are worn as themselves or as part of necklaces, bracelets, and key chains.[27] They are sometimes referred to as "Fruit Loops".[28] For National Coming Out Day (held in the United States on 11 October) students have made home-made versions of the "freedom rings" with actual Froot Loops cereal.[citation needed]

Gender symbols[edit]

Lesbian and gay gender symbols

Modifications of the classical gender symbol (based on astrological symbols, Mars for male and Venus for female) have appeared to express various LBGT "gender identities" since the 1990s. Pairs of male and female gender symbols are used to form symbols for gay and lesbian. Two interlocking male symbols form a gay male symbol. Two interlocking female symbols form a lesbian symbol. Variations on this theme can be used to represent bisexuals, transgender persons, as well as heterosexuals.

Transgender symbols[edit]

Universal transgender symbol

Popular transgender symbols, used to identify transvestites, transsexuals, and other transgender people, frequently consist of modified gender symbols combining elements from both the male and female symbols. The most popular version, originating from a drawing by Holly Boswell, depicts a circle with an arrow projecting from the top-right, as per the male symbol, a cross projecting from the bottom, as per the female symbol, and with an additional striked arrow (combining the female cross and male arrow) projecting from the top-left.

Other transgender symbols include the butterfly (symbolizing transformation or metamorphosis), and a pink/light blue yin and yang symbol.

Genderqueer symbols[edit]

Universal Genderqueer symbol

Popular Genderqueer symbols, used to identify Genderqueer individuals, frequently consist of interlocking 'G' & 'Q' symbols.

Asexual symbols[edit]

heterosexuality symbol[edit]

One version of a heterosexuality symbol

BDSM Symbols[edit]

other non specific sexual symbols[edit]

Polyamory Symbols[edit]

Purple Mobius symbol

The polyamory movement has introduced the Purple Möbius symbol and a lot of other for use by polyamorous and non-monogamous people and LGBTQ individuals. It is intended to be an abstract symbol to fill the niche left by the other available symbols, which have criticisms. The triangle shape and purple color was intended to reference the pre-existing LGBT and other social and civil rights movements symbols, while the Mobius was a nodding reference to the pre-existing heart/infinity symbol for polyamory (the infinity being one example of a Mobius Strip). The symbol was designed by Joreth InnKeeper and is intended to be public domain. Some other symbols connected to the polyamory movement:

The infinity heart
The infinity heart
love outside the box
love outside the box
The symbol of "Infinite Love in Infinite Combinations"
Polyamory Awareness and Acceptance Ribbon Campaign.
Polyamory Awareness and Acceptance Ribbon Campaign.
Polyamory pride flag
Polyamory pride flag

Relationship anarchy[edit]

The symbol for Relationship anarchy (RA; sometimes known as "Radical Relations") was created by the Swedish radical art collective "Interacting arts" in 2006, as a symbol for those who reject all normative ideas of how relationships "should" be organised.

minor and Historical symbols[edit]

Green Carnation

In ancient Rome, as in 19th-century England, green indicated homosexual affiliations. Victorian men would often pin a green carnation on their lapel as popularized by author Oscar Wilde, who often sported one on his lapel.[29] The term "wearing a green carnation," however, is sometimes used as a derogatory term.[citation needed] This is also the basis for the book, The Green Carnation, a 1894 novel by Robert Hichens whose lead characters are closely based on Oscar Wilde and Lord Alfred Douglas.

Acorus Calamus

According to some interpretations, American poet Walt Whitman used the calamus plant to represent homoerotic love.[30]

Artemisia abrotanum

Nineteenth-century poets used the Lad's Love plant to symbolize homosexuality.[citation needed]


Bisexual women and lesbians would give violets to the woman they were wooing, symbolizing their "Sapphic" desire. Sappho described, in a poem, herself and a lover wearing garlands of violets. The giving of violets was popular in the 1920s, 30s and 40s.[citation needed]

  • Handkerchief code
  • In the early years of the 20th century, a red necktie was worn by some men to signal their homosexuality to others.[citation needed]
  • The pinky ring was a fashionable jewelry accessory for male homosexuals during the 1950s through the 1970s.[citation needed]
  • In the United Kingdom, the Pink Jack has been widely used in recent years to demonstrate a unique British Gay and Lesbian identity.[31]
  • In the Society for Creative Anachronism, LGBT members often wear a blue feather to indicate membership in or an affinity for Clan Blue Feather, a group of SCA members promoting the study of homosexuality in the Middle Ages.

symbol language in literature[edit]

See also[edit]


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