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Leather, Bears, Trans, Bisexual Pride and Related Symbols
leather Black, Blue, and White Stripes with a Red Heart: is a symbol of Leather pride. It was first introduced in the form of a flag with a red heart in the top left corner and alternating black, blue, and white stripes.
The Leather Pride Flag is a symbol for the leather community, which encompasses those who are into leather, Levi's, sado-masochism, bondage and domination, uniform, cowboys, rubber, and other fetishes. The flag was created by artist Tony DeBlase and first displayed on May 28, 1989, at the Mr. Leather contest in Chicago. Although the flag is often common in the gay community, it is not a "gay-only" symbol. Moreover it is also used to symbolize preference for dressing up as cowboys or sailors and so on...
leather rainbow Reportedly, gay leather aficionados might also modify a rainbow flag to have a black stripe instead of a violet one.
However, this version might be confused with the "Victory Over AIDS" version of the rainbow flag, as they are very similar.
bears The Bear Pride Flag is a symbol used by some "bears," gay men marked by an abundance of hair on their face, chest, and body. Rather, there are many symbols that have been adopted by local clubs, bars, and other bear groups.
The Flag shown was developed by Spags, a Seattle bear bar. The blue stripes represents the sky and the green stripe represent the earth. In between these two are all the bears' fur colors- white, black and brown. The yellow paw print is the sun, representing the spirit.
IBB flag There does not seem to be one single symbol that represents bears in general, but this flag is adopted by the International Bear Brotherhood.
The Flag shown was designed in 1995 by Craig Byrnes The stripes represents all the bears of the world - white for polar bears, black for black bears, and brown for brown bears.
leather rainbow It also exists this version of the "bears" flag, which is just a combination of the official Pride Flag with the International Bear Brotherhood flag.
trasgender And finally, the Transgender Pride Flag ©1999. This flag, designed by Captain John, embodies all aspects of the transgender or transsexuals' identities. Going from male (blue) to female (pink) or from female (pink) to male (blue), or just somewhere in between, both flag designs capture the subtitles and the strengths of their spirits. The lavender-colored sex symbol--not to be confused with The Artist Currently Not Known as Purple's symbol--can also designate FtM/MtF/or Intersexed/Both/Shifting. Both flag designs/symbols can be used to encompass all types of gender variation.
bisexual The "Bi Pride Flag" was introduced in late 1998 by Michael Page. The color pink symbolizes same sex attraction, Blue symbolizes heterosexual attraction to the opposite sex and the mixture of the two colors create Purple/lavender which symbolizes attraction to both sexes.

The addition of the bi-symbol to the Bi-Pride flag was the idea of Fabian Doles (2006).


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