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2002

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Gender Pride and Related Symbols
gay maleGender symbols are common astrological signs used in ancient Roman times. The arrow pointed Mars symbol represents the male and the Venus symbol with the cross represents the female.
Double interlocking male symbols have been used by gay men since the 1970s.

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lesbianDouble interlocking female symbols have often been used to denote lesbianism, but some feminists have instead used the double female symbols to represent the sisterhood of women. These same feminists would use three interlocking female symbols to denote lesbianism. Also, some lesbian feminists of the 1970s used three interlocking female symbols to represent their rejection of male standards of monogamy.
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male & femaleAlso in the 1970s, gay liberation movements used the male and female symbols superimposed to represent the common goals of lesbians and gay men. These days, the superimposed symbols might also denote a heterosexual awareness of the differences and diversity between men and women.
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transgenderA transgendered person might superimpose the male and female symbols in such a way that the arrow and cross join on the same single ring.
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mercuryThe astrological sign of Mercury is traditionally the symbol of transgendered people. In Greek mythology, Hermes (the Greek version of the Roman god Mercury) and Aphrodite (the goddess of love) had a child named Hermaphroditus. That child possessed both male and female sexual organs, hence the term hermaphrodite. Also, rituals associated with the worship of Aphrodite are believed to have been highly sexual, involving castration, transvestism, and homosexual relations.
In the symbol itself, the crescent moon at the top is supposed to represent the masculine, and the cross at the bottom represents the feminine. The ring represents the individual, with the male and the female balanced at either side.
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ifgeInspired by the gender symbols, the IFGE Logo is another symbol for transgendered peoples. The International Foundation for Gender Education is an educational and charitable organization addressing crossdressing and transgender issues. As one of the organizations logos, this symbol combines the lavender color and the pink triangle shape with a ring denoting various genders all fused into one. This is a copyrighted symbol, but you can use it for non-commercial purposes to denote transgendered or gender-supportive individuals.

For more information, visit the IFGE Home Page at
http://www.transgender.org/tg/ifge/index.html


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