Have pride because of who you are.
Do not let others demand normalcy out of you.
Being different is not bad, it is what makes us individuals.
I wanted to do a stamp featuring various sexual orientation, gender-identities,
sexual fetishes? and human relationships.
I didn't include every pride-y symbol there is.
If there is one you want in this stamp, please comment and I may put it in there.
stamp-kingdom's Monthly Stamp Feature #15
In order shown:
Gilbert Baker designed the rainbow flag for the 1978 San Francisco's Gay Freedom Celebration. The flag does not depict or show an actual rainbow. Rather, the colors of the rainbow are displayed as horizontal stripes, with red at the top and purple at the bottom. It represents the diversity of gays and lesbians around the world. The purple stripe is sometimes replaced with a black stripe to show masculinity or leather pride. In the original eight-strip version, pink stood for sexuality, red for life, orange for healing, yellow for the sun, green for nature, turquoise for art, indigo for harmony and violet for the soul. The original eight color rainbow flag flies over the Castro in San Francisco and from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center in New York City.
Bisexual Pride Flag
First unveiled on 5 December 1998, the bisexual pride flag was designed by Michael Page to represent the Bisexual community. This rectangular flag consists of a broad magenta stripe at the top, representing same-gender attraction; a broad stripe in blue at the bottom, representing opposite-gender attraction; and a narrower deep lavender band occupying the central fifth, which represents attraction towards both genders... The bisexual moon symbol was created to avoid the use of the Nazi-originated pink triangle.
[This flag] has since been seen used on tumblr in various LGBTQ etc. areas, and had in fact been seen alongside other Sexual Orientations flags previous to formal election. The black stripe represents asexuality, the grey stripe grey-asexuality and the demisexuals, the white stripe sexuality and the purple stripe community.
Bear Brotherhood Flag
Bear is an affectionate gay slang term for those in the bear communities, a subculture in the gay community and an emerging subset of LGBT communities with events, codes and culture specific identity. Bears tend to have hairy bodies and facial hair; some are heavy-set; some project an image of working-class masculinity in their grooming and appearance, though none of these are requirements or unique indicators. The bear concept can function as an identity, an affiliation, and an ideal to live up to, and there is ongoing debate in bear communities about what constitutes a bear. Some state that self-identifying as a bear is the only requirement, while others argue that bears must have certain physical characteristics—such as a hairy chest and face or having a large body—and a certain mode of dress and behavior.
"Bears" are almost always gay or bisexual men although increasingly transgender men and those who shun labels for gender and sexuality are also included within bear communities. The Bear community has spread all over the world, with Bear clubs in many countries. Bear clubs often serve as social and sexual networks for older, hairier, sometimes heavier gay and bisexual men, and members often contribute to their local gay communities through fundraising[sic] and other functions. Bear events are common in heavily-gay communities.
The International Bear Brotherhood Flag was designed in 1995 by Craig Byrnes(VA Copyright 760–763 digital graphic by Paul Witzkoske for Bear Manufacturing).
Transgender Pride Flag
Another transgender symbol is the Transgender Pride flag designed by Monica Helms, and first shown at a pride parade in Phoenix, Arizona, USA in 2000. The flag represents the transgender community and consists of five horizontal stripes, two light blue, two pink, with a white stripe in the center. Helms described the meaning of the flag as follows:
"The light blue is the traditional color for baby boys, pink is for girls, and the white in the middle is for those who are transitioning, those who feel they have a neutral gender or no gender, and those who are intersex. The pattern is such that no matter which way you fly it, it will always be correct. This symbolizes us trying to find correctness in our own lives."
Leather, Latex, and BDSM Pride Flag
Leather culture denotes practices and styles of dress organized around sexual activities and eroticism ("kink"). Wearing leather garments is one way that participants in this culture self-consciously distinguish themselves from mainstream sexual cultures. Leather culture is most visible in gay communities and most often associated with gay men ("leathermen"), but it is also reflected in various ways in the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and straight worlds. Many people associate leather culture with BDSM (Bondage/Discipline, Dominance/Submission, Sado/Masochism, also called "S & M") practice. But for others, wearing black leather clothing is an erotic fashion that expresses heightened masculinity or the appropriation of sexual power; love of motorcycles and independence; and engagement in sexual kink or leather fetishism.
The Leather Pride Flag was designed by Tony DeBlase, and he first presented the design at the International Mr. Leather event in Chicago, Illinois, USA on 28 May 1989.The flag is composed of nine horizontal stripes of equal width. From the top and from the bottom, the stripes alternate black and royal blue. The central stripe is white. In the upper left quadrant of the flag is a large red heart. I will leave it to the viewer to interpret the colors and symbols." -Tony DeBlase
Another name that is used to describe the leather flag is "Black and Blue with Love".
I have seen a proposed flag for heterosexuals. I believe the design was six horizontal stripes, N-W-N-W-N-W. The obvious reference is to the Rainbow Flag, essentially removed of its color.
Steve Kramer, 05 Feb 2001
Transsexuals are folks who, through hormones and surgery, have changed their sex.
Al Kirsch, 03 Feb 2001
A person who has had medical operation(s) to become the other gender. Also, anyone who is going to have an operation of that nature, soon, and is taking the hormone pills in preperation.
Andy Weir, 05 Feb 2001
The flag consists also of many stripes, like the Gay Pride flag, but alternating in rosy pink and light blue (standing for both sexes?) separated by thin white stripes. On the upper hoist, a twinned Venus and Mars symbol ("⚥") in pink (a “bluer” shade) and outlined in black.
António Martins, 03 Feb 2001
The Pansexual pride flag was designed in order to give the pansexual community its own symbol to increase the visibility of pansexuals, both among society as a whole and within the LGBT community.
The poly pride flag consists of three equal horizontal colored stripes with a symbol in the center of the flag. The colors of the stripes, from top to bottom, are as follows:
* Blue - The openness and honesty among all partners.
* Red - Love and passion.
* Black - Solidarity with those who must hide their relationships due to social pressures.
The symbol in the center of the flag is a gold Greek lowercase letter “pi” (π), as the first letter of "polyamory" . The letter's gold color represents the value that people who are polyamorous place on the emotional attachment to others, be the relationship friendly or romantic in nature, as opposed to merely primarily physical relationships.
PAARC ribbon. The color scheme of the flag was adapted (with permission) for use in the Polyamory Awareness and Acceptance Ribbon Campaign.
The symbol of "Infinite Love in Infinite Combinations".
The symbol of ILIC (Infinite Love in Infinite Combinations) is a reference to the Star Trek kol-ut-shan or symbol of philosophy of Vulcan IDIC (Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations). It is a variation on Pi-and-the-three-colors from the Polyamory Pride Flag by Jim Evans. Like the flag, the colors are: blue, representing the openness and honesty among all partners with which people who are polyamerous conduct their multiple relationships; red, representing love and passion; and black, representing solidarity with those who, though they are open and honest with all participants of their relationships, must hide those relationships from the outside world due to societal pressures. A gold Greek lowercase letter “pi” (π), as the first letter of “polyamory”, represents the value that people who are polyamerous place on the emotional attachment to others, be the relationship friendly or romantic in nature, as opposed to merely primarily physical relationships. The most common symbol that people who are polyamerous have adopted is the heart symbol combined with the infinity sign (∞) that the ILIC symbol also uses.
Ray Dillinger's Poly Parrot.
Another is the image of a parrot, since "Polly" is a common name for these birds. PolyOz states in its polyamory glossary that "The parrot is a common poly "mascot" or symbol. Punning on 'poly wanna X'". A 2003 article in The Guardian states "Today America has more than 100 poly email lists and support groups. Their emblem, which marks the table when they meet in restaurants, is the parrot (because of their nickname Polly)." Author Mystic Life describes this symbol an ironic reference to parrots' monogamy.
Joreth InnKeeper's Purple Mobius.
The Purple Mobius symbol was created to provide an abstract symbol for the poly community, which had some disagreements over the use of the heart/infinity, the parrot, and the pi-flag. It was intended to be a neutral symbol that referenced all the civil and social rights groups that came before, by alluding to the color and shape of related movements, such as the Gay Rights movement, the lesbian/feminist movement, the bisexual community, and the BDSM community, as well as making a nodding reference to the heart/infinity symbol (the infinity symbol being another example of a Mobius Strip).
Two Spirit Flag
The two spirit community has adopted its own flag, based on the six colour rainbow flag with the symbol of the two spirit community. Both symbols were developed by the Spirit Committee.
BDSM Rights Flag Tanos
BDSM and fetish items and styles have been spread widely in western societies' everyday life by different factors, such as avant-garde fashion, heavy metal, goth subculture, and science fiction TV series, and are often not consciously connected with their BDSM roots by many people. While it was mainly confined to the Punk and BDSM subcultures in the 1990s, it has spread into wide parts of the western populations today.
The Leather Pride flag is a symbol for the Leather subculture and also widely used within BDSM. In continental Europe the Ring of O is widespread among BDSM practitioners. The Triskelion, while more common in English-speaking communities, is less common in Europe.
Genderqueer (GQ) and intergender are catch-all terms for gender identities other than man and woman. People who identify as genderqueer may think of themselves as being both man and woman or as being neither man nor woman and therefore falling completely outside the gender binary. They may express a combination of masculinity and femininity or neither. Many genderqueers see gender and sex as separable aspects of a person and sometimes identify as a male woman, a female man, or a male/ female/ intersex genderqueer. The term does not consistently correlate with an individual's sexuality or sexual identity, though some genderqueers identify as trans (trans women or trans men). Androgyne is also frequently used to describe people in this same category.
Some genderqueer people see their identity as one of many possible genders other than man or woman, while others see "genderqueer" as an umbrella term that encompasses all of those possible genders. Still others see "genderqueer" as a third gender to complement the traditional two, while others identify as genderless or agender. The term "genderqueer" can also be used as an adjective to refer to any people who transgress distinctions of gender, regardless of their self-defined gender identity.
Bi Gender Pride Flag
Bigender or bi-gender (bi+gender) describes a tendency to move between feminine and masculine gender-typed behaviour depending on context, expressing a distinctly "en femme" persona and a distinctly "en homme" persona, feminine and masculine respectively. It is recognized by the APA as a subset of the transgender group. A 1999 survey conducted by the San Francisco Department of Public Health observed that, among the transgendered community, less than 3% of those who were genetic males and less than 8% of those who were genetic females identified as bigender.
While an androgynous person retains the same gender-typed behaviour across situations, the bigendered person consciously or unconsciously changes their gender-role behaviour from primarily masculine to primarily feminine, or vice versa.
Androgyny Pride Flag
The androgyny pride flag's origin is unknown, but is meant as a symbol for androgynous people of all sexualities. The grey field represents the ambiguousness[sic] of androgynous people, and the blue and pink equal sign represents an equality between genders.
Furry Pride (Feline) / Kitten Pride Flag
This flag represents the "furry" feiline community; (also sometimes referred to as Yiffy, Anthro or Morph communitiy.) The pale blue at the top of the field is meant to represent the male gender; the pink in the center of the field is meant to represent the female gender, and the pale purple at the bottom of the field is meant to represent the transgendered. The center of the field is a feline paw print, representing feline anthropormorphism across all gender boundaries. The flag was designed by 'Ponygirl Linsey', and was posted on ponyplay.org, a furry community based in Florida, USA.