The gay-rights activism group the Human Rights Campaign turned social-media world red this week. On Monday, HRC replaced its Facebook profile photo and the campaign's regular logo—a yellow "equals" sign inside a navy-blue square—on its website with a magenta-stripe, red-background interpretation of the same design. There's no clear metric for how many Facebook users adopted the pink and red logo as their profile pictures, but it quickly became ubiquitous enough to turn many people's Facebook feeds a new shade of crimson—as well inspire a host of spin-off profile pictures, including an equals sign made from bacon strips, an equals sign made from two mustaches, and a Bert and Ernie-approved logo, among others. As of Wednesday , the HRC's original image had been shared 66, times. This isn't the first time, though, that the LGBT movement has chosen a bold color to unite itself in the struggle for equality. The fight for LGBT rights has adopted several memorable pigments and color schemes throughout its history.
Deep Purple: Show Support for Gay and Lesbian Youth
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Are white middle-class men really being passed over? I would hazard: no. Is increasing diversity damaging the industry? But despite question marks over her attitudes to homosexuality, Seyi Omooba is playing its lead role of Celie, a woman who overcomes a past of unimaginably awful sexual abuse to find love with female cabaret singer Shug. Omooba might have changed her mind since she made that post although the fact that three days have passed without her issuing a retraction suggests that any move towards openmindedness on her part is still tentative but the decision to cast her still sends an undeniable message to queer audiences. She is who she is, and believes what she believes.
LGBTQ lexicon: What's the significance of the color lavender?
You've seen it on buildings, bumper stickers, and front lawns, and you've waved one at parades, rallies, and protests. You know the Pride flag well, but what is the meaning of the rainbow flag? Its history is as interesting as it is colorful. From peace movements to political parties, the rainbow flag has been the symbol of dozens of historical and cultural organizations.
The LGBT community has adopted certain symbols for self-identification to demonstrate unity, pride , shared values, and allegiance to one another. LGBT symbols communicate ideas, concepts, and identity both within their communities and to mainstream culture. The two most-recognized international LGBT symbols are the pink triangle and the rainbow flag. The rainbow flag, previously used as a symbol of unity among all people, was adopted to be a more organic and natural replacement without any negativity attached to it. The flag does not depict an actual rainbow.