I'm working on a project about all the LGBTQ pride flags and the meanings of the colours I can't seem to find anything about the lesbian flag. I'm talking about the one in your header (6 stripes shades of red and pink and 1 white stripe). Do any of y'all or your followers have a source as to who designed and what the colours mean?
history lesson time!
i’m sure we all know the rainbow pride flag by now, but not everyone knows that there was a rough draft of that! designed by gilbert baker in 1978, this was the original pride flag. he dyed and sewed the first one himself.
in order of top to bottom, the colors stood for sexuality, life, healing, sunlight, nature, art, harmony, and spirit. the pink and turquoise were later removed, and their meanings combined with red and blue. this makes what we now know as the official pride flag!
this flag was originally used for the entire lgbt community – they were all just kinda lumped into one big group, as discussions of differentiation between genders and sexualities hadn’t become prominent yet. later, groups such as lesbians, bisexuals, and trans people, as well as subgroups of the community, wanted more specific symbols that stood for them.
to elaborate on that, let’s move into some lesbian history!
the labrys symbol was adopted by lesbians due to its association with the amazons. there is no inherent connection between the amazons and lesbians, it was basically just “they are cool and we are also cool so it’s ours now.” the labrys was the popular lesbian symbol of choice in the 70s.
this symbol was put on a purple flag, which was designed by a man (kinda ironic). however, the flag and labrys symbol were also used as an identifier by feminists (who weren’t necessarily lesbians). additionally, they’ve come into wider usage by radical feminists, many of whom are transphobic, so the community has shied away from it.
another lesbian flag that was popular a few years ago is the lipstick lesbian flag, which denotes a subgroup of femme lesbians. it was designed by a lesbian wordpress user in 2010, and while the colors aren’t explained, it’s worth assuming that they were chosen because of a combination of aesthetics and their association with various lipstick colors.
however, not all lesbians are “lipstick” – or even femme – so this wasn’t a great flag for the whole community…but the labrys wasn’t a good alternative. hence, the lipstick overlay was removed, and now the lesbian flag is used by a variety of members of the lesbian community – butch, femme, neither, and so on.
it’s unclear who came up with the idea of removing the overlay to make a universal lesbian flag, but the original design is by the same wordpress user as linked above, as that is the only difference between the two.
and that’s where the lesbian flag, as we know it, came from!
People keep talking about CYBORG Murdoc or CYBORG 2D…So what about CYBORG RUSSEL???
I just wanted to do a small concept of what cyborg Russ would look like. Let’s just say that Cyborg Noodle got back together and made the rest of the band into cyborgs somehow in a way to get back at Murdoc and the others? I feel like he would wear that one camo outfit that Russel has just to annoy him and fit in with the other cyborgs and their military outfits. Cyborg Russel wouldn't talk at all and would just make small grunts or growls here and there (Probably because his loud ass boombox mouth would be very destructive)
S.Coups: Every time I listen to music, I listen on shuffle but skip every song until I get to the ones I want to hear anyways.
Jeonghan: My laziness is exactly as the number 8. If it lays down, it becomes infinite.
Joshua: I forgot to bring a towel
Jun: Ever since smart phones came out I spend so much more time pooping then I ever did before
Hoshi: I wonder if my burger meat and cheese on a single cheeseburger have ever came from the same cow
Wonwoo: My neighbor is an old farmer guy and he complimented all the hard work I’ve been doing on my garden. It feels like I got the rural equivalent of street cred. I got field cred.
Woozi: It’s acceptable to say how reliant and addicted you are to a drug as long as the drug is caffeine.
DK: According to a box of Mac and Cheese, i’m a family of four
Mingyu: I wish I could use CTRL+F to find shit in my house.
The8: I feel like Google should be paying me for the amount of times a day I tell people to Google something.
Seungkwan: It would be so cool if we just pushed a button on our phones and it notified the ice cream man of a customer. Sort of like lyft/uber. But it’s an ice cream truck.
Vernon: I listen to music so often that sometimes I measure how long it takes me to do something based on the amount of songs I listened to doing it.
Dino: If I was about to turn into a zombie, the first thing I would do is put on some roller skates. Either I am unable to stand and therefore can’t ever hurt anyone, or I become the most dangerous zombie ever.
I am so excited!!! This little book (well, 264 pages) has been about 9 months in the making, and it’s finally done. Good grief.
Basically, many of my friends at my undergrad university did Creative Writing with me, and for our final project we had to write a 6k word short story and 2k critical commentary - which, by the way, as someone who has done a Master’s since and written a 20k thesis, was just as hard as writing a standard dissertation. As a surprise to everyone, I sneakily got copies of everyone’s short stories by pretending I just wanted to read them and compare them to mine, and I made them all into an anthology, which I gave to everyone at graduation. It was a really fun project to work on, even though it took ages to proof read the entire thing and design the cover and cry over Word formatting. We called ourselves the Come Along Collective because ‘come along’ was kind of a catchphrase of ours and ‘collective’ sounded professional and artistic. Sue us, we had degrees in this shit.
In June last year, about 3 years after we graduated, we met up (a pretty big deal, seeing as one of us now lives in the US!) and decided to do another anthology. Without the immediate option of including our conveniently timed university dissertation equivalents, we agreed that it would be really fun if we all wrote a short story of between 4-15k words - this is actually why I wrote Here, the World Entire, which appears in this anthology in a slightly shorter form! Since I made that first anthology back in 2013 our friendship group has changed a little, and so one contributor to the first anthology isn’t in this one and we have a new contributor, but that’s OK; it kind of charts the progression of everyone’s experiences since university.
So, over the past 9 months or so, we all wrote a story each, and everyone put their all into their stories, despite being 23-25 now and not having the luxury of time that we used to have, and honestly, the stories are amazing. There’s not a single one in there that I wouldn’t read in a literary magazine. One person didn’t do Creative Writing and was really worried about their story not matching up to the others, but it absolutely does. I did a little cry when I read it because it was so good and the writer didn’t think it was (I think they are now aware that they are actually super talented and should definitely write more). That was one of the reasons I’m so happy to have this physical copy as proof that it’s done, and people who thought they couldn’t do it did do it, and they did it fabulously, because every single person wrote something phenomenal.
There was one person in the group who wasn’t able to write anything because they had a lot going on in their life, and so the rest of us prepared a SUPER SECRET SURPRISE, complete with a secret Facebook group chat (which was literally titled THE ONE THAT YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO KEEP SECRET) in which we collaborated and wrote a story for her instead so that she would still have a story in the anthology. One person wrote a section, then handed it to the next person, and so on. It turned out to be an absolutely hilarious story involving Emily Blunt as an evil sorceress, Jez and Mark from Peep Show as couriers, and our old landlord as an arch villain. It’s pretty rad, not going to lie. That person still gets their name on the cover because the story wouldn’t have been written without them; we basically tried our best to put that person’s personality into a narrative, and that’s why it’s so weird. They are weird, is what I’m saying.
This whole thing was a massive labour of love for all of us. I was literally proof reading it on lunch breaks, and taking graphic design assignments at work so that I could practice for when I made the cover (which I think looks snazzy, if endearingly off-kilter). Everyone was hugely supportive of one another, giving each other prompts and feedback whenever anyone got stuck, and it was such a fantastic experience to make it from start to finish. I’m so, so proud of the end product, and I’m excited to see what our next one will look like!
I have also prepared a super secret special surprise of my own for everyone within this anthology, which I won’t disclose here just in case any of them happen upon this post. It’s rad, though. I’m excited for everyone to see it.
This isn’t available for commercial purchase or anything like that, but it’s a personal project that’s been taking up a lot of my time lately (in a good way!) and it’ll be kind of sad not to have this to work towards. Still, onto the next thing!