Proposal for Another Pride Flag for The LGBT Community
What Astrology Has to Say...
The Pride/Rainbow flag was born in 1978 as an eight striped behemoth in bold rainbow colors. It was created by Acid Queen-Drag Queen-Nun of the Order of Perpetual Indulgence-and One Not to Follow the Straight and Narrow, Gilbert Baker from, of all places, Kansas (where he escaped by becoming a medic in the Army and getting stationed in San Francisco). He wanted the gay symbol to be big and loud and he achieved his goal. But I have always felt that there were softer, more muted tones that needed representing.
In my studies of astrology which was happening at the same time that the Pride symbol was born, I struggled over what colors represented each zodiacal sign or planet. It was my feeling that each color had to accurately represent the polarity and element that made up each sign. As a result, I eventually came up with the color assignments represented in the illustration shown above.
On the left are the feminine shades (muted like the feathers of a female bird) and on the right are the masculine colors (that attract more attention like the plumage of male birds). I noticed over the years since the birth of the Pride symbol that many gay men rejected it as too loud or bold and many lesbians embraced it for the same reason. I also noticed that men in the leather crowd usually didn't attract attention by surrounding themselves with bright or bold colors. Also, the shades on the left are the very same camouflaged colors used by the military. Conveniently, those very colors would attract masculine men to enlist to serve their country. Ironically, these very men wearing such colors would attract other masculine men in ways that the military authorities would be uncomfortable with.
In my opinion, in order to represent both polarities of sexuality, it is time to embrace two Pride symbols. The one on the left for those who identify with the feminine and want to attract masculine (or butch type) energies and the one on the right for those who identify with the masculine energies and want to attract the feminine (or nelly type) energies. Or if you swing both ways, you could have a different banner to fly to represent whichever mood you are in. You may also be the type who is masculine and would like to attract other masculine types (embracing the left series of shades) or the type who is feminine in nature and looking for the same (thus aligned with the right series of colors).
© 2011 Joseph Ritrovato