Each year, Pride month arrives with new colours in their rainbow flag. Around the flag fly high and their faces rise with pride towards the sky. The LGBTQ community united by this multicoloured flag, which is also a universal symbol of pride.
From ancient time, lavender is used as the colour of desire. A poet named Sappho from 7th century BC has written erotic predilections for younger women by using violet tiaras. In the 1920s, the colour violets were used to draw the members of the lesbian community. After the 19th century, that colour became a part of fashion.
Ordinary people have started wearing as a special colour. It has become a fashionable colour; even man started pairing that colour also. In 1969, the colour symbolize empowerment, people used Lavender sashes and armbands in a Gay power march started from Washington Square Park to Stonewall Inn, New York.
In 1974 Boston pride walk presented a Lavender Rhino, as people wore t-shirts, pins and signs featuring it. It was immortalized as a sign of protest and resistance. The Gay Media Action received $1,000 from Paperback Booksmith. The Lavender Rhino lived on as a symbol of the LGBTQ community which made its second appearance in 1976 Boston Pride.
Now, this colour has earned special respect. People wear this with confidence, nonchalance and it feels like defiance. In the other hand, the LGBTQ community has been gone through such painful yet successful moments to earn respect. Many countries have been legalized same-sex marriage. Many celebrities, designers, models have been coming forward to celebrate the symbols of a certain community.
In US, gay mayor Pete put some effort for the spotlight on the community, encouraging them “to rally around each other and explore and celebrate identifying symbols that have been important to them in the past. “