Somewhere Over The Rainbow
- One of the oldest LGBT symbols is the pink triangle which homosexuals were required to wear during the war. The new oblong gender pride flag for bisexuals was shown to the world for the first time way back in 1998. You can see the design above. It is shown here as a round button.
- The designer was Michael Page. He wanted a specific banner with which the community could identify. It has a wide magenta coloured band at the top. There is a similarly sized blue band at the bottom. Between these two bands is a slim, deep lavender coloured strip.
The idea for that came from Boston towards the start of the eighties. It was the work of a female bi activist graphic designer.
Some people call these triangles the “biangles”. Biangle is, strictly speaking, a maths term.
The colours in these triangles from the 1980’s were the origin of the bi colors. Pink represents attraction to women, blue is for attraction to men. The lavender colour stands for attraction to both sexes. It also stands as a reference to “queerness”.
The twin bisexual crescents, or moons, were introduced at a later stage to get away from the pink triangle that was used by the Nazis in the war. .
The idea was to remove any negative connotations.
More Tech Specs
For the benefit of web designers or anyone using Adobe Photoshop, here are the hex and RGB colour codes for the bi banner which you have been looking for.
Pink is #ff0080 (255, 0, 128)
Lavender is #a349a4 (163,73,164)
Blue is #0000ff (0,0,255)
The precise proportions of the oblong banner were not specified in the original design. However, most feel that two x three or three x five are about right. In the same fashion, the width of the 3 stripes are usually in the ratio of two x one x two. In print versions, it is fine for the 3 colours to blend into one another. This is how sexuality is in real life.