In cities all over the world, the month of June is delightfully dominated by colorful pride decorations, gay pride events, and wild parties. This is especially true if you live in San Francisco, as I do. In light of the festivities and an announcement from the German Parliament that the country is legalizing gay marriage, it seemed like the perfect time to dig up some information on LGBT themed tattoos. As a side note, walking around the Castro in San Francisco at this time of year reminds me that Prince Albert piercings are popular in certain circles, so if that type of thing piques your interest, be sure to check out the Body Jewelry Section.
Stepping away from Prince Albert piercings and getting back to tattoos, we must start with rainbows. Rainbow colors in any design is by far the most ubiquitous pride themed tattoo. And why not? No other symbol is as widely recognized to be associated with being gay. For a gamer, maybe a pixelated rainbow is a fun way to express your identity. Or for those brimming with love, a heart filled rainbow may suit you. There is no limit to the rainbow theme except your own imagination. You can go big with a rainbow unicorn across your back, or go small with a tiny rainbow in one of your ear nooks. Rest assured, with rainbow colors, whatever you decide on is going to be adorable.
The equal sign is also a major symbol within the LGBT community. It gained popularity around the time gay marriage was a hot topic, but it has endured even after gay marriage was legalized in the United States in June of 2015. It is more than a trendy fad, it is a reminder to fight for what you believe is right and fair, and it is a symbol of equal rights and opportunities for all citizens. Equality is an issue that has demanded attention for ages, and it won’t be going away anytime soon.
Another symbol, which is specific to lesbians, is the double headed battle axe known as a labrys. This attractively violent symbol was used by the ancient Minoan Crete civilization, known for being a matriarchal society. Now it is used by women as a symbol of strength and self-sufficiency. Another lesbian specific symbol is two interlocking female gender signs. In addition, just as the upside down pink triangle has become a symbol for gay men, the upside down black triangle has become a symbol for lesbian women.
There are also a number of other symbols for specific sexual or gender orientations. There is a bisexual flag, a genderqueer flag, a pansexual flag, and even more symbols to go along with each group. June is a month to celebrate human diversity and equality, and if it inspires you to get fresh ink, embrace it. It will be a nice way to transition into July when Americans celebrate independence and freedom, two concepts that require equality and diversity.