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#ComeOutForLGBT Stonewall Campaign

Stonewall has launched its first new initiative in 10 years to motivate everyone in Britain who supports equality but maybe doesn’t know how to show it, to get off the sidelines. 

It was launched after new Stonewall research from a YouGov poll of 5000 LGBT people revealed the number of lesbian, gay and bisexual people who have reported hate crimes has soared by 78% over the past four years. 

As part of the campaign, Stonewall has published a range of tips on how the public can help support and stand up for LGBT peopleew UN stamps promote LGBT rights.

 


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The Pride flag; a colourful history

Colour has played a significant role in the LGBT+ community for many years, but not always as a symbol of pride. From Victorian England through to the end of the Second World War, colourfulness was initially used to label and oppress the LGBT+ community. The colour pink, for example, was used in a triangular symbol by Hitler to identify gay males in Nazi concentration camps. In the same way, black triangles were used to identify lesbians and others deemed to be ‘asocial’. However, these colours have since been reclaimed and are now used by the LGBT+ community to show the strength of spirit and a willingness to survive oppression.

Although originally constructed of eight sections of hand-dyed and hand-stitched material, the practicalities of mass production have meant that today the flag has six colours. Each colour has a different symbolism:

  • Red represents life
  • Healing is symbolised by the colour orange
  • Yellow is a sign of sunlight and being true to yourself
  • Green is synonymous with nature
  • Blue represents serenity
  • And finally, spirit is expressed through the colour violet

The flag previously contained turquoise which represented art, fuchsia symbolising sexuality and the blue currently in the flag was originally indigo to show harmony.

The flag signifies three core messages – pride in being who we are and in standing up for what we believe in; a show of hope in the extraordinary progress that has been made in the fight for equal rights; and lastly, a symbol of diversity. The LGBT+ community transcends all races, backgrounds and religions, so it is important that we celebrate our differences and continue to flourish.   

As we’re approaching the 40th anniversary of the twinning of the rainbow flag and the Pride movement, the symbolism of the flag remains strong.


Creator of the banner of unity Gilbert Baker said:

“The flag is an action: it’s more than just the cloth and the stripes. When a person puts the Rainbow Flag on his car or his house, they’re not just flying a flag. They’re taking action.”


This is why you’ll see the rainbow flag integrated into the Post Office Prism logo.

 

What is LGBT+?

The LGBT+ community encompasses a wide spectrum of sexual orientations and gender identities.

L represents lesbians, women only attracted to other women.

G stands for ‘gay’. This most commonly refers to men exclusively attracted to other men but may also be used to refer to people attracted to the same gender.

B represents both bisexuals and biromantics, those who are attracted to both genders

T is for trans; a term used to refer to people who do not identify with their birth gender.

+ is another important part of the LGBT+ community, the plus is used to acknowledge and represent those whose identities may not be represented by the other letters and also bringing in any allies who support any LGBT initiatives.

 


 

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