The pink triangle is a pride symbol for gay men. During WWII, the Nazis made each prisoner wear an inverted traingle with a certain color to indicate their reason for incarceration. Gay men wore the pink triangle and were given the harshest labor. Today, this symbol makes people remember a horrible part of history with the hopes of never repeating it.

The rainbow flag is a symbol for diversity and the gay community as a whole. The colors unite to form one unit. In 1978, Gilbert Baker of San Francisco designed and sewed the fist rainbow flag for the Gay and Lesbian Pride Parade. He created a flag with pink, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. The colors stood for sexuality, life, healing, sun, nature, art, harmony, and spirit. Because hot pink was not available for mass production, it ws removed from the flag. So the flag could be evenly spaced in a parade, the indigo was removed, leaving the six colors of today.

The black triangle is a pride symbol for lesbian women and feminists. The Nazis forced women who displayed "anti-social" traits to wear black triangles. They believed women should have children, cook and care for the family. Prostitutes, lesbians, women without children and other "abnormal" women were considered black triangle prisoners.
The bisexual pride flag celebrates bisexual people. The pink represents homosexuality. The blue represents heterosexuality. The purple, which results from pink and blue combining, represents bixesuality. Like the purple color, bisexuals blend into both the gay and straight community.
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