Celebrating Pride #ForLOVEwithLOVE

Celebrating Pride #ForLOVEwithLOVE

All About Pride Month

Pride is not just about partying, it's a reminder to act with voices and support the community. Being yourself is the best thing to do, accept who you are and take pride in it and GIVA stands #ForLOVEwithLOVE.

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Let’s discuss stories of coming out and discrimination the community faces, and the other side of things where a lot of them have left all the labels and societies’ opinions at the door, they are free and fight for what they deserve every day.

This is a big shoutout and a virtual hug to you if you are a part of the community or an ally.

Did you know that on Aug. 11, 1992, Kolkata hosted India's first gay pride parade? Parade with only 15 attendees. The impact of increased visibility and firm voices of the LGBTQ+ community also raised awareness in the country and as a result, the Supreme Court abolished a Britsh era law under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code in September 2018.

It was never only about sexuality, but also about normalising different forms of love and acceptance.

Section 377 has ended, but the bigger battle for equal rights in society is still going on. So let’s be supportive by spreading awareness.

Did you know About the different types of LGBTQ+ flags?

The RAINBOW flag is used widely but it is not the only flag that people in the community connect with. Did you know that there are more than 20 different Pride Flags?

The 6-Color Pride Flag is one of the most well-known and used LGBT flags throughout history. This flag includes the colours red, orange, yellow, green, indigo, and violet on it.

First Flag of Pride
New flag of Pride

Given the evolving nature of the LGBTQ+ community and society at large, the Progress Pride Flag integrates many of these flags into one. It has been redesigned to place a greater emphasis on “inclusion and progression.” The community is such a huge umbrella of different kinds of people and that is what makes it so special & unique.

In 2014, Kye Rowan created the Non-Binary Pride Flag to represent people whose gender identity does not fit within the traditional male/female binary. The colours of the non-binary flag are yellow, white, purple, and black. Each color symbolizes a different sub-group of people who identify as non-binary.

Non Binary flag
Asexual flag

Asexual flag The Flag for the Asexual Community was created in 2010. Asexuality is the lack of sexual attraction to others or low interest in sexual activity. Each color in this flag also represents something unique. Black stands for asexuality. Gray represents demisexuality, for those who develop an asexual attraction to someone only after forming a deep emotional bond with them. White stands for the allies of the community. Purple represents the entire community of asexual folks.

The Bisexual Pride Flag was created by Michael Page. Bisexual people are attracted to both men and women. His idea for the flag represents pink and blue blending to make purple.

Bisexual flag
Pansexual flag

The Pansexual Flag was created in 2010. Pansexuality represents those people who feel attracted to a person without thinking about gender. Pansexual people may refer to themselves as gender-blind. This means that they can feel attracted to those who identify as women, men, both, or neither.

The Lesbian pride Flag is one of the flags fewer people know about. This flag features different shades of pink and sometimes comes with a red kiss on it to represent “lipstick lesbians”.

Lesbian pride flag
Abrosexual Pride flag

The Abrosexual Pride Flag has existed since 2015. Abrosexual refers to an individual whose sexuality is changing or fluid. People who identify themselves as Abrosexual go through different levels of sexual or romantic attractions throughout their life.

The Gay Men’s Pride Flag is another lesser-known pride flag. It features different shades of green, blue, and purple each colour representing something different. Turquoise to green colours represents community, healing, and joy. White represents gender non-conforming. non-binary, and transgender folks. Blue to purple colours represents pure love, fortitude, and diversity.

The Straight Ally flag is using the black-white "colours" of the heterosexual flag as a field, it adds a large rainbow-colored "A" (for "Ally") to indicate straight support for the Gay Pride/Equal Marriage movement. A straight ally is a person who supports equal civil rights, gender equality, LGBTQ+ social movements, and challenges homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia.

How to Be a Good Ally?

  1. Stay Informed and inform others.
  2. Don’t tolerate hate speech.
  3. Have fun but don’t forget that this celebration is not for you.
  4. Don’t label yourself as an ally if you don't support the community throughout the year.
  5. Recognise queer artists and small businesses. Show your support if you see anyone struggling.

As allies and fellow citizens, we’re responsible for engaging with these issues and making sure everyone gets to be themselves all the time. In the end, Love is a universal feeling, so let’s treat it that way!

To honor this beautiful community, we at GIVA have taken our platform to showcase our support to all the LGBTQ+ people this pride month. Our Instagram is buzzing with some amazing people from the community.

We have also launched an exclusive collection celebrating this colourful month. The Pride Collection showcases pieces that are inspired by the colours of the community. They are all unique in its own way, so that you can express your eccentric self with the colours that suit your taste. Check out our Pride collection now!

GIVA is hosting a Meet & Greet with the members of the community on 11th June, 2022 from 11.30am to 1.30pm at 1MG Mall, Bengaluru. You can also use the hashtag #ForLOVEWithLOVE to show your support.

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