Hamilton Health Sciences
LGBTQ+ Steering Committee

LGBTQI Symbols 

Double Women's Symbol

The double women's symbol is a representation of women loving women.


Double Men's Symbol

The double men's symbol is a representation of men loving men.


Pink Triangle

The history of the pink triangle begins prior to WWII when Hitler re-instituted a law prohibiting same-gender sexual relations. Many gay men were sent to prison and concentration camps. They were forced to wear the pink triangle, which indicated their reason for incarceration. Gay prisoners were often given the worst tasks and frequently attacked. It is estimated that between 50,000 and 100,000 persons were killed. Gay liberation groups resurrected the pink triangle in the 1970's a symbol for the gay and lesbian rights movement. It draws attention to oppression and persecution-then and now.


Black Triangle

Like the pink triangle, the black triangle is also rooted in Nazi Germany. Although lesbians were not included in the law prohibition on same-gender sexuality, some seem to have been imprisoned for "anti-social behaviour" and designated with a black traingle. As the pink traingle has historically been a male symbol, lesbians and feminists have similarly reclaimed the black triangle as a symbol of pride and solidarity.


  Rainbow Flag

Displayed with the red stripe at the top, the rainbow flag was designed by Gilbert Baker in 1978 to celebrate the diversity of the lesbian and gay pride. The rainbow colors themselves now appear on all types of objects, including necklaces,bracelets, bumper stickers, t-shirts and coffee mugs to name a few.

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