RED RIBBON. Worn over your heart,
it's a symbol of AIDS awareness and
remembrance for the over 40
million men, women and children
living with HIV/AIDS is the world.
GAY PRIDE FLAG, debuted at the 1978 San Francisco Gay and Lesbian
Freedom Day Parade, was designed by Gilbert Baker. It's inspiration came
from the black civil rights and hippie movements.
Each color of the Gay Pride Flag, or Rainbow Flag, has a different meaning.
RED = Life
ORANGE = Healing
Yellow = Sun
GREEN = Nature
ROYAL BLUE = Harmony
VIOLET = Spirit
Adding a black stripe to the bottom of the flag represents victory over AIDS.
It can also signify leather pride.
STONEWALL, for gay, lesbian and bisexual activists, the
word signifies quite possibly the most important, single
landmark in the worldwide struggle for gay rights. Most
chroniclers of the homosexual rights movements trace the
beginning of the movement's militant phase to 1969 and
New York's lower-Manhattan (largely Gay-frequented)
Stonewall Bar, at 53 Christopher Street. Therefore, for the
first time on record, homosexual patrons fought back when
Stonewall was raided one hot summer night by New York
City policemen, who came hoping to arrest gay individuals
for engaging in then illegal homosexual acts.
Eyewitnesses claim that the homosexual patrons'
counter-riot began when one burly, Stonewall patron liquor
bottles through a police car window. Ever since that night,
Stonewall has been revered as an enduring symbol of the
gay militant spark that lit that night, which has become a
gay/lebian/bisexual militant conflagration setting America -
and all the World - aflame with gay rights issues and
PINK TRIANGLE. It is widely known that the Nazis forced Jewish people
under their jurisdiction to wear yellow stars of
David, whether they were in the community, in
the ghettos or in the camps. The Nazis extended
this classification scheme to other prisoners
interned in the camps. In one common scheme,
prisoners were classified according to crime and
identified with colored triangular cloth.
Pink triangles, often larger than triangles from other crimes, were used
Reich Penal Code), or incest or pedophilia (paragraphs 174 and 176).
During the Holocaust, millions died including Gays, lesbians, bisexuals and
transgender, all of whom were deemed imperfect for the new society. But
even after the Nazis defeat, the discrimination against Pink triangles, often
larger than triangles from other crimes, were used the LGBT community
continued. Briefly freed from concentration to identify men convicted of
homosexuality (paragraph 175 of the camps by Allied troops, those
prisoners wearing the pink triangle were returned to finish their sentence.
Those who survived two imprisonments emerged as second-class citizens
even under democratically elected governments.
The non-criminalization of female homosexuality meant that lesbians were
not intensively persecuted in the same way or the same degree as
homosexual men, but they did suffer.
LAMBDA. In the early 1970's, in the wake of the Stonewall
Rebellion, New York City's Gay Activist Alliance
Greek letter lambda, which member Tom Doerr
suggested from its scientific use to designate
kinetic potential, as an emblem. The lowercase
First of all, it represents scales, and thus balance.
The Greeks considered balance to be the constant adjustment necessary
to keep opposing forces from overcoming each other. The hook at the
bottom of the right leg of the lambda represents the action required to reach
and maintain balance To the Spartans, the lambda means unity. They felt
that society should never infringe on anyone's individuality and freedom.
The Romans adopted the letter to represent "the light of knowledge shed
into the darkness of ignorance." Finally, in physics the symbol designates
an energy change. Thus the lambda, with all its meanings, is an especially
apt symbol for the gay liberation movement, which energetically seeks a
balance in society and which strives through enlightenment to secure equal
rights for homosexual people