elettaria: (Trans-friendly equal marriage symbol)
If you're anything like me, you will have recently noticed that there is a pink-equals-sign-on-red-background doing the rounds at the moment. You will probably have enquired about it, been told that it represents equal marriage, thought, "Excellent idea," and adopted it.

The snag is that it's not just an American-centric equal marriage symbol, it's one created by a specific organisation, the Human Rights Campaign. And they are not particularly popular in the transgender community. There are various articles you can find if you search, and apparently they have come right out and said that "Marriage equality is not a transgender issue", telling transgender activists to take down their flag at a rally. To be honest, I hadn't even heard of the HRC until yesterday, being on the other side of the pond, and I'm not going to get into who said what and whether it can be proven. It's enough that the whole thing is making me profoundly uneasy, and that I do not wish to use a symbol which excludes transgender people. And come to that, I don't mind the idea of a symbol which is a bit more international. Equal marriage is a big issue in many countries, including the UK.

So I created a new one. It continues the idea of the equals sign, which is simple and catchy, but I've used a rainbow on black background instead, as rainbows are a traditional symbol for the LGBT community. I'd be honoured if people could start adopting it.

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