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- I have had several question me on what does LAMBDA mean?
Also many of you may not know the History of the RAINBOW FLAG which
LAMBDA AS A SYMBOL OF GAY/LESBIAN RIGHTS
"The Enclylopedia of Homosexuality has the following entry on LAMBDA:
In the eary 1970's in the wake of the Stonewall Rebellion, New York
City's Gay Activist Alliance selected the Greek letter lambda, which
member Tom Doerr suggested from its scientific use to designate
Kinetic Potential, as its emblem. (Curiously, in some ancient Greek
graffiti the capital lambda appear with the meaning "fellate",
representing the first letter of either "lambazein" or "laikazein.)
Because of its militant associations,thelambda symbol has spread
throughout the world. It sometime appears in the form of an amulet
hung round the neck as a subtle sign of recognition which
can "pass" among unkowing heterosexuals as a mere ornament. Such
emblems may reflet a tendency among homosexuals
toward "tribalization" as a distinct segment of society, one
conceived as a quasi-ethnic group.
In "More Man Than You'll Ever Be" by Joseph P. Goodwin (Indiana
University Press:Bloomington, 1989) on page 26, Goodwin writes:
The lowercase Greek letter lambda carries several meanings. First
all,it represents scales, and thus balance. The Greeks considered
balance to be the constant adjustment necessary to keep opposing
forces from overcoming each other. The hook at the bottom of the
right leg of the lambda represents the action required to reach and
maintin a balance. To the Spartans, the lambda meant unity. They
felt that society should never infringe on anyones individuality and
freedom. The Romans adopted the letter to represent "the light of
knowledge shed into the darkness of ignorance." Finally, in physics
the symbol designates an energy change.
Thus the lambda, with all its meanings, is an especially apt symbol
for the gay liberation movement, which energetically seeks a balance
in society and which strives through enlightenment to secure equal
rights for homosexualpeople.
HISTORY OF THE RAINBOW FLAG
Gilbert Baker, a San Francisco artist, designed the first Rainbow
flag in 1978, He created the flag in response to a local activist's
call for the need of a community symbol. Baker designed a flag with
eight stripes: pink,red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and
violet. According to Baker, those colors represented, respectively:
sexuality, life, healing,sun,nature, art, harmony and spirit. Baker
dyed and sewed the material for the first flag himself, in the true
spirit of Betsy Ross. Baker soon was approached San Francisco's
Paramount Flag Company about mass producing and selling his
"gay flag". Unfortunately, Baker had hand-dyed all the colors and
since the color "hot pink" was not commericially available, mass
production of his eight-stripe version became impossible. The flag
was thus reduced to seven strips.
In November 1978, San Francisco's gay community was stunned when the
city's first openly gay supervisor, Harvy Milk, was assasinated.
Wishing to demonstrate the gay community's strength and solidarity
the aftermath of this tragedy, the 1979 SF Pride Parade Committee
decided to use Baker's flag. The committee eliminated the indigo
stripe so they could divide the colors evenly aong the parade route -
three colors on one side of the street and three on the other. Soon
the six colors were incorporated into a six striped version that
became popularized, and that today is recognized by the
Congress of Flag Makers.
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