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Our mission is to provide an inclusive and collaborative platform for members of the LGBTQIA+ community from across the world to come together to celebrate our diversity, learn about the history of our community, advocate for each other, and create lasting change.
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Founded in the bedroom of seventeen-year-old Kiara Fox, Virtual Pride has snowballed into a youth-driven grassroots movement, arising from the unprecedented effects of COVID-19. While we can no longer gather in person, we know that now more than ever, the LGBTQ+ community needs to come together to celebrate our lives and our love. Virtual pride unites creators from around the world and across media platforms to provide not just a party but a movement, featuring viral artists, activists, and educators. Virtual Pride provides a month-long event that allows each person to participate, celebrate, and show off their pride.
Where does our logo come from?
The Pink Triangle
"The real story behind the pink triangle begins prior to World War II. Paragraph 175, a clause in German law, prohibited homosexual relations. ... In 1935, during Hitler's rise to power, he extended this law to include homosexual kissing, embracing, and even having homosexual fantasies.
Prisoners in Nazi concentration camps were labeled according to their crimes by inverted colored triangles. ... Homosexual prisoners were labels with pink triangles. ... it has been reported that the pink triangle prisoners often received the worst workloads and were continually harassed and beaten by both guards and often other prisoners.
In the 1970s, the pink triangle stated to be used in conjunction with the gay liberation movement. When people, especially public figures such as law makers, were confronted with such a symbol, they risked being associated with the Nazis if he or she were to attempt to openly limit or prosecute gays. In the 1980s, when the triangle's popularity truly began to take off, ACT-UP ... adopted it as their symbol.
In any case, the pink triangle is definitely a symbol very closely connected to oppression and the fight against it, and stands as a vow to never let anther Holocaust happen again. Like the word "queer," it is a symbol of hate which has been reclaimed and now stands for pride."
The Purple Hand
"On Halloween night (31 October), 1969, sixty members of the Gay Liberation Front (GLF) and the Society for Individual Rights (SIR) staged a protest at San Francisco's Examiner in response to another in a series of news articles disparaging LGBT people in San Francisco's gay bars and clubs. The "peaceful protest" against the "homophobic editorial policies" of the San Francisco Examiner turned "tumultuous" and was called "Friday of the Purple Hand" and "Bloody Friday of the Purple Hand". Examiner employees "dumped a bag of printers' ink from the third story window of the newspaper building onto the crowd". Some reports were that it was a barrel of ink poured from the roof of the building. The protesters "used the ink to scrawl "Gay Power" and other slogans on the building walls" and stamp purple hand prints "throughout downtown San Francisco" resulting in "one of the most visible demonstrations of gay power".
Pride Flag with Black and Brown Stripes
"The inclusion of black and brown stripes on the Pride flag would acknowledge that we have recognized the problem, and are determined to change it. Holding people accountable for their actions and words, whether as an ally or in the community, is vital. As Fletcher says, “I’m not a fan of change for the sake of change. I am, however, a fan of change when it stands to make a difference.”