American Revolutionary War writer Thomas Paine had proposed that the rainbow flag be used as a maritime flag, to signify neutral ships in time of war. The significance for marriage rights was tested almost immediately in Mexico. Flagmaster Glossary of vexillology Heraldry Tincture. Lester Feder January 24,6: What do they mean? Although homosexual prisoners reportedly were not shipped en masse to the death camps at Auschwitz, a great number of gay men were among the non-Jews who were killed there.
There are several independent rainbow flags in use today.
Due to production constraints -- such as the fact that hot pink was not a commercially-available color -- pink and turquoise were removed from the design, and royal blue replaced indigo. The pink triangle challenges that notion, and defies anyone to deny history. The specific reasons these gains have been possible differ in each country. Not only is the symbol easily recognized, but it draws attention to oppresion and persecution -- then and now. I almost instantly thought of using the rainbow.