FLAGS, COLORS & SYMBOLS EXPLAINED
Pride festivals and parades are famous the world over for their exuberant and unique message-driven themes. A colorful, fabulous celebration, parades are often distinguished by lively participants with brandish colorful flags and symbols.
INTERLOCKING MALE SYMBOLS Two interlocking male gender symbols, the singular of which is borrowed from the astrological sign for Mars, have represented gay men since the 1970’s.
INTERLOCKING FEMALE SYMBOLS Two interlocking female gender symbols, the singular of which is borrowed from the astrological sign of Venus, began representing the lesbian community in the 1970’s.
LAMBDA The 11th letter of the Greek alphabet. The lowercase letter has symbolized the LGBT community since 1970, when the Gay Activist Alliance selected it to represent the gay rights movement.
TRANSGENDER SYMBOL This symbol combines and modifies elements of the male and female gender symbols.
INTERLOCKING MALE & FEMALE These symbols signify men attracted to men and women (left) and a women attracted to men and women (right).
INVERTED PINK TRIANGLE The pink triangle was originally used to denote homosexual men as a Nazi concentration camp badge. The AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT-UP) adopted the inverted pink triangle to symbolize the “active fight back” against HIV/AIDS.
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