- There was a time, in our lifetimes, when a Sunday magazine like Parade would never acknowledge the existence of LGBTQ people, much less describe the symbols used in their communities (plural).
I’m happy to see that the creation of one emoji, for the transgender pride flag, has stimulated curiosity about additional LGBTQ communities (plural) and symbols they use. Every flag should be represented in the Unicode emoji character set – disk space is cheap :).
The power of a symbol like a rainbow flag, or any symbol that’s recognizable by people struggling in a world to live in their identity can’t be underestimated. Symbols like these, encountered in far flung corners of our world, remind their viewers that a world working to tell them that they don’t matter is lying to them.
Almost 52 years ago, members of the queer community protested in New York, standing up for LGBTQIA+ rights, in what became known as the Stonewall Riots. It’s in honor of these historic protests that we celebrate Pride Month each year. Though Stonewall took place in 1969, it wasn’t until 10 years later that the original […]