Pink Progress Pride Heart
Wear the pride, pain, and progress of the LGBTQ+ community with this original heart design by Queer Geekery!
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The Pink Progress Pride Heart design uniquely combines powerful symbolism from pride activism from the last half century.
The heart, symbolizing love and responsibility, shapes and embraces the rainbow pride flag, and thus the entire LGBTQ+ community. The Rainbow Pride flag was designed by artist Gilbert Baker and his commune in 1978 and has become one of the most ubiquitous and recognizable symbols of gay pride.
The pink triangle symbolizes both the hatred and violence suffered by the LGBTQ+ community through history, but also the community's remarkable capacity to translate its pain into a force for progress. The pink triangle was originally used by Nazis to identify homosexual men in their concentration camps, stitching the symbol on prisoners' uniforms. The pink triangle was then reappropriated by the gay community in the 1970's as one of the early symbols of gay pride.
As the triangle "pierces" the heart, its point foregrounds the persons of colour and trans persons who have historically been--and continue to be--on the bleeding edge of meaningful progress for the LGBTQ+ community, and who should be embraced and supported all the more. The Transgender Pride flag (included here in the white, pink, and light blue chevrons) was designed by transgender activist and veteran Monica Helms in 1999. The Progress Pride flag, designed by Daniel Quasar in 2018, combined both the Rainbow and Transgender Pride flags with brown and black stripes representing marginalized, racialized members of the LGBTQ+ community. Quasar writes: "The trans flag and marginalized community stripes were shifted to the Hoist of the flag and given a new arrow shape. The arrow points to the right to show forward movement, while being along the left edge shows that progress still needs to be made."
Queer Geekery is thrilled to be partnered with Egale Canada and will donate $2 for each Pink Progress Pride Heart apparel item sold.
Queer Geekery's contributions will help Egale to advance its vision of a "Canada, and ultimately a world, without homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, and all other forms of oppression so that every person can achieve their full potential, free from hatred and bias."