Monday, November 28, 2011

31 DAY CHALLENGE -- Day 28: Inspired by a Flag


Hey everyone! Today is a very special day of the challenge for me.. Day 28: INSPIRED BY A FLAG NAILS.

I had wanted to do something different. And while I felt like American flag nails would be the obvious choice (haha, just kidding)... I had a much better idea: Pride nails!

I know that equality is such a hot topic right now and it's something that I feel very strongly about. Many of my friends are gay or bisexual and I would love to see them have the same rights that Chris and I are able to enjoy. I'm not going to get on a soap box.. but I will share the meaning behind the different flags that I chose with you.

L-R: Bisexual Pride, Transgender Pride, Gay/Lesbian Pride, Asexual Pride.
(Yes, I know I inverted the blue and purple stripes on Bisexual Pride. I'm sorry! I have no excuse other than the fact that it was 2am... and I've been up for almost 24 hours. :\)


POLISHES USED:

(Base of Sinful Colors Snow Me White on all fingers)
Bisexual Pride -- Zoya Izzy, Zoya Tallulah, Pure Ice No Means No 
Transgender Pride -- Pure Ice Splash, Sinful Colors Purple Diamond, Rimmel Silver Bullet
Gay/Lesbian Pride -- Rimmel Fever, Rimmel Tequila Sunrise, Color Club Almost Famous, Pure Ice Wild Thing, Ulta Blue Streak, Ulta Celebutante
Asexual Pride -- Sinful Colors Black on Black, Pure Ice Kiss Me Here, Sinful Colors Snow Me White, Pure Ice No Means No

BISEXUAL PRIDE

The Bisexual Pride flag was designed by Michael Page and first unveiled in 1998. He explains that the "purpose of the flag is to to maximize bisexual pride and visibility." A simple pattern of a pink stripe and a blue one overlapping to form purple was chosen. The uppermost pink stripe, which covers two-fifths of the flag, represents same-sex attraction; the blue, which covers an equal portion at the base of the flag, symbolizes heterosexual attraction; and the purple stripe making up the central one fifth stands for attraction to both sexes.

TRANSGENDER PRIDE

The transgender pride flag was designed by Monica Helms in 1999. She describes the flag's symbolism by saying: "The stripes at the top and bottom are light blue, the traditional color for baby boys. The stripes next to them are pink, the traditional color for baby girls. The stripe in the middle is white, for those who are intersex, transitioning or consider themselves having a neutral or undefined gender. The pattern is such that no matter which way you fly it, it is always correct, signifying us finding correctness in our lives." 

GAY/LESBIAN PRIDE

The rainbow flag was designed in 1978 by Gilbert Baker for the San Francisco Gay & Lesbian Freedom Day Parade. Originally, there were eight colors to the flag which represented different themes and ideas.

The original colors of the flags were hot pink for sexuality, red for life, orange for healing, yellow for the sun, green for nature, turquoise for art, indigo for harmony, and violet for spirit. After the appearance of the rainbow flags in the parade, there was a huge public demand for them and they went into commercial production. Since hot pink, turquoise, and indigo material was costly and difficult to obtain, the flag was modified to the current version we know today. Hot pink and turquoise were eliminated, and indigo was changed to blue.

ASEXUALITY PRIDE

In August 2010, the asexual pride flag was voted on and then elected. Since then, it has been seen on tumblr and various LGBT areas in the 'real' world including Prides in multiple countries, and in everyday life as badges and bracelets etc. Even prior to formal election it could be seen alongside other Sexual Orientations flags in some spaces. The black stripe represents sexuality, the grey stripe grey is for asexuality (those falling somewhere on the spectrum between sexuality and asexuality, or questioning) and the demisexuals, the white stripe is for sexuality and the purple stripe is for community.

2 comments:

  1. dreamingofhigherfencesJuly 19, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    for the asexual pride flag:
    black represents asexuality
    grey represents grey-aces and demisexuals
    white represents sexuality
    purple represents community

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  2. Thank you for correcting me and taking the time to comment! I don't know what I was thinking whenever I typed that up, besides the fact that I was probably exhausted. Still no excuse, though! xo

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