Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login
GAY LOGO + The Pink Triangle by inspiredcreativity GAY LOGO + The Pink Triangle by inspiredcreativity
Please read below to see what I have added about the symbolism of the Pink Triangle :pride: and the Gay Holocaust.

This piece was designed to denote a Friend-to-Friend theme, GBLT Community, DIVERSITY in the GBLT Community, GBLT people working together for a common cause, and Unity under the Pink Triangle :pride:, a symbol used by the Nazis to identify and label Homosexuals for eventual imprisonment or extermination, and had to be worn in prisons, work camps, and concentration camps. We persevere, and now wear and display the pink triangle with PRIDE and it is a symbol of GAY RIGHTS :pride:.

I DO NOT TOLERATE DIVERSITY, I CELEBRATE IT.



GAY LOGO DESIGN

I wished to increase impact through simplicity of geometric reflective form and clean lines. The Pink Triangle :pride: is the symbolic unifier of all things gay, and also symbolizes the perseverance of Homosexuals through the Gay Holocaust, taking that which once victimized us, and turned it into a BADGE of homosexual Pride, Unity, Courage, and Gay Rights.

My hope is that this will bring you new awareness of the significance of the Pink Triangle in homosexual history, and its symbolic importance to all in the GBLT community.

This was a Pro Bono piece done for the Friend-to-Friend GBLT Volunteer Counseling Program, where I was a volunteer counselor. The founding principle was that people are more likely to talk to a peer about a personal crisis than to go see a professional counselor.



HOMOSEXUAL VICTIMS OF THE NAZI HOLOCAUST

In Germany, between 1933-45, an estimated 100,000 men were arrested as homosexuals, of which some 50,000 were officially sentenced. Most of these men served time in prisons and forced to work in labor camps, but there is no way to know how many died there.

An estimated 15,000 of those sentenced were incarcerated in concentration camps where they were subjected to medical experiments, including lobotomies, and many were sent to the gas chambers.

It is unclear how many of the 15,000 eventually perished in the camps, but leading scholar Ruediger Lautman believes that the death rate of homosexuals in concentration camps may have been as high as 60%.

Homosexuals in the camps were treated in an unusually cruel manner by their captors, and were also persecuted by their fellow inmates. This was a factor in the high death rate for homosexuals, compared to other groups.

Adding to the HORROR, since Homosexuals were convicted in criminal courts, many Gay men were transferred to the criminal prison systems after the camps were liberated. Some men were even re-arrested and imprisoned based on evidence of homosexuality found during the Nazi years.

After the war, the treatment of homosexuals in concentration camps went unacknowledged by most countries, and  It was not until the 1980s that governments began to acknowledge this episode, and not until 2002 that the German government apologized to the gay community. This period still provokes controversy, however. In 2005, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the Holocaust which included the persecution of homosexuals.

The Holocaust Museums in Israel and Washington D.C. initially refused to acknowledge Homosexuals who died in the concentration camps, until Public OUTRY finally forced them to make mention.

In Contrast, you can find Dedicated monuments to Gay victims of the Holocaust in London (UK), San Francisco (California), Anchorage (Alaska), San Sabba (Italy), Amsterdam (Netherlands), Sydney (Australia), a large basin filled with pink water will be built in 2007 in Morzinplatz, Vienna, at the former Gestapo headquarters, to remember the homosexual victims of the Nazi regime, and recently a new monument has been built in Berlin (Germany). I have personally visited the ones in Amsterdam, London, and San Francisco.

:pride: Some of you may notice that the Pink triangle is tall in shape. This is the shape that the Nazis used on prisoner markings for Homosexuals.


What group of humans has been so consistently persecuted for being born the way they were (not counting being born into religions)?
Add a Comment:
 

The Artist has requested Critique on this Artwork

Please sign up or login to post a critique.

:iconrkainne:
rkainne Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i really like this. i have a gay power logo of my own design that i will post as soon as i can scan a larger file of it...
Reply
:iconinspiredcreativity:
inspiredcreativity Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. I needed to do a vector logo and I also wanted to design something in a truly simple form, to convey the story with as few lines as possible, and do it using geometric forms. It is meant to show the diversity of our community, working together towards a common purpose.

You know our motto: We do not tolerate diversity, we celebrate it.

I have some art pieces that have to be scanned professionally (do to size) to digitize them, but it is rather expensive, so I never got around to doing it.
Reply
:iconrkainne:
rkainne Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
the logo is simple and readily and clearly digestible. the colors and shapes are classic, therefore, the design has longevity. very professional and engaging.
Reply
:iconinspiredcreativity:
inspiredcreativity Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, I appreciate it. I forgot to mention that I was deliberately avoiding any curves and wanted the entire thing made of straight lines, to pay homage to Straight/Gay Alliance, since the overall theme was about diversity. I know that no one would ever know that but it was in my mind when designing it.

I will answer your other comments as soon as I can. I have a new suicide case, and a new kid takes many hours. I am on my third day awake and need to crash, plus my sister is coming to take me out of house to get some essentials Sat afternoon. So it will be either Sunday or Monday if there is a new crisis. Sometimes when it rains it pours, lol. It is like that with men sometimes, like when you are desperately looking, where are they, then you are married and it is raining men wanting you, LOL.

If it is Ok, I was thinking of answering one or two of them by NOTE, which is adds privacy and is easier to deal with longer lengths of talking.
Reply
:iconrkainne:
rkainne Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
take your time, of course. priorities are necessary for a busy guy....
Reply
:iconmartaraff:
martaraff Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
Featured here: [link] *
Reply
:iconinspiredcreativity:
inspiredcreativity Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, I am honored.
Reply
:iconmartaraff:
martaraff Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
My great pleasure*
Reply
:iconrainbowdragon1440:
RainbowDragon1440 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011
The line art on this is beautiful and everything it represents. To write a critique you have to be able to think critically, but I have nothing bad to say about this. It's beautiful and eye-catching.
Reply
:iconinspiredcreativity:
inspiredcreativity Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. In Graphic Design, your design has less than a second to capture a person's attention, and then you have to try to hold it long enough to tell your story. Sometimes simplicity in design can deliver the message much faster, if it is a simple message. The pop of color in the triangle is meant to catch the eye.
Reply
:iconcresent-filled-night:
Cresent-filled-night Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My signature :)
Reply
:iconinspiredcreativity:
inspiredcreativity Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks...
Reply
:iconcresent-filled-night:
Cresent-filled-night Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
^^;
Reply
:icontrepmak:
Trepmak Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010
This is awesome and truly inspired. Keep up the good work!
Reply
:iconinspiredcreativity:
inspiredcreativity Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. Alas, I am unable to do much art now. I started developing arthritis around age 12. I am now crippled by it. I still try to do some art, but my hands shake too much and holding a stylus for long is very painful. The narcotics do not help the creative process.

I have some GBLTQ writing that might be of interest to you:

CELEBRATION of GAY PRIDE [link]
The Science of GAYDAR [link]
The Science of Homosexuality [link]
Are You Straight, Gay, or Bi? [link]

The Faces of Teen Suicide [link]

The following two show the truth about Homosexuality and the Bible, which is that God and Christ never had a problem with homosexuality, but translators did. If you want to fight those who use the bible as a weapon against you, or to help you reconcile your Faith with your sexual identity, then read these:
New Testament + Homosexuality [link]
Old Testament + Homosexuality [link]

TWO SPIRIT: GBLT INDIAN NATION [link]
Rainbow Crow [link]

GBLT YOUTH_GBLT HOMELESS YOUTH [link]
Street Kids Need Help [link]

HIV AIDS Immunity [link]
DYKES ON BIKES [link]

IRAN EXECUTES 2 GAY TEENAGERS [link]


Matthew
Reply
:iconstrawberrycheerios:
StrawberryCheerios Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010   Writer
:pride: :)
Reply
:iconinspiredcreativity:
inspiredcreativity Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. :pride:
Reply
:iconedgyqueen:
edgyqueen Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010
This is stellar. Perfect, powerful simplicity. Well done! :clap:
Reply
:iconinspiredcreativity:
inspiredcreativity Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much. Simplicity is really important too on a logo that you may want to blow up to 30 foot high, or down to a tiny size. It is also good if you want to transmit an idea or message to people very rapidly, like even out of the corner of their eye.
Reply
:icontomitapio:
TomiTapio Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Well done!
Reply
:iconinspiredcreativity:
inspiredcreativity Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. The original is actually a vector file, so it can be easily scaled.
Reply
:iconhellsmagician:
HellsMagician Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010  Hobbyist
that's an amazing logo. =D good work.
Reply
:iconinspiredcreativity:
inspiredcreativity Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. Unfortunately, the great program it was designed for lost funding under Bush/Cheney.
Reply
:iconhellsmagician:
HellsMagician Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Hobbyist
that's such a shame, yet another thing to add to the long list of all the ways Bush screwed up.
Reply
:iconinspiredcreativity:
inspiredcreativity Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
What I find even more disturbing is how many Americans continue to see Bush and Cheney as being good, and everything they did to be good.
Reply
:iconhellsmagician:
HellsMagician Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010  Hobbyist
that is scary, because nearly everyone who lives outside the US thinks that they were Amercian's biggest mistakes.
though now the US has got Obama in charge, the country is looking more like a better, open-minded, intelligent country. =D
Reply
:iconinspiredcreativity:
inspiredcreativity Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Only a minority of Americans think of it as a rein of terror and evil. A lot of people still like them, but did not vote Republican, simply out of greed. Remember, a majority of Americans voted for them a SECOND time, already knowing what they were like. The old way led to recession, which hit them in the wallet. One way to win an election to talk about the "Gay Agenda" taking over America, then showing video clips from a gay parade, sisters of perpetual indulgence (deliciously sacrilegious).

The majority of American are bloodthirsty lot and hunger for war again and again, embracing going to war enthusiastically, again and again. Anyone questioning it is labelled "un-American" and unpatriotic. 70% of american Christians support TORTURE, compared to 52% of non religious Americans. Either way, Most Americans support the use of Torture, which makes them terrorists themselves.
Reply
:iconhellsmagician:
HellsMagician Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010  Hobbyist
that's so true.
Reply
:iconciardubh:
Ciardubh Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Professional General Artist
I absolutely love it, great work
Reply
:iconinspiredcreativity:
inspiredcreativity Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you like it.
Reply
:iconemmasj:
Emmasj Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010
How beautiful. You did a fantastic job. :pride:
Reply
:iconinspiredcreativity:
inspiredcreativity Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. I thought most would think it too simplistic, but I am a minimalist at heart.
Reply
:icon1sam1me:
1sam1me Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Student General Artist
O_O;;; i don't know what to say
except that i love the idea
the simple colors
the...EEEEPICNESSSSSSSSSS
Reply
:iconinspiredcreativity:
inspiredcreativity Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you Adres. I love the name. How do you pronounce it? The pink did not come out right when displayed by DA. It is actually a softer lighter pink. When I discovered the meaning behind the pink triangle, I wanted to incorporate in my art somewhere. I hope to use it again soon too.

The Gay community of today has largely forgot how many have died and suffered to win us the freedoms that we have now. But there is still a lot of work for you left to do too. I hope that homosexuality will be largely accepted in your lifetime.

When I was growing up, the vast majority of Americans felt that you were better-off dead than Gay. The only openly gay people were in the Gay Ghettos of some large cities like San Francisco and New York City. So, the Gay movement has come a long way in a short time. When I went to sea (non-military Merchant Marine-supertankers), I feared for my life, because traditionally someone like me would be tossed over the side of the ship to drown. Even mail was not private, so my first partner Donald became Danielle and my second partner Paul became Paula, LOL. Paul became a Drag Queen, but could do female impersonation and easily pass as a woman. I thought about bringing him on the ship as a woman, but chickened out.

Alas, even now, 50% of all American boys who attempt or succeed at killing themselves are Gay or Bisexual. The real number is higher, because many parents don't want the "shame" of a gay son, and my deaths from drug overdoses are not recognized as suicide.

You are a role model and inspiration for being out at such a young age. It is something to be proud of. It takes courage to consciously choose to recognize who you are, and even more to embrace who your are with love and pride. It takes even greater courage to then show who you are to others. You have my respect.

My husband/partner Greg and I have been together for 20 years [link] (he is the cute one in the striped shirt). If you ever have any questions I can help you with, or need someone to talk to, please feel free to note me.

I Have deviations on what to look for in a mate, relationships, love, etc, if your interested.

Matthew
Reply
:iconazureinfinity:
AzureInfinity Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Student General Artist
Simple, but significant. The pink's a bit dark for my taste, but I like this overall.
Reply
:iconinspiredcreativity:
inspiredcreativity Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
In my copy of it, the pink is lighter, but when I posted it to DA, it displays darker. I have no idea why.
Reply
:iconazureinfinity:
AzureInfinity Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Student General Artist
It happens sometimes, at least to me X3
Reply
:iconinspiredcreativity:
inspiredcreativity Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
What is so strange is that I use the same standard Workspace and embedded profile with every piece. I suspect it only happens to certain colors. The RGB COlor space that DA uses must be slightly different.
Reply
:iconazureinfinity:
AzureInfinity Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Student General Artist
It is that X3 I've never seen my pinks be different, but yes with other colors, like some greens and blues.
Reply
:iconsickkuma:
sickkuma Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010
I like the design, because it is so simple.
But isn't the triangle a little pit too long?
Reply
:iconinspiredcreativity:
inspiredcreativity Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Good eye. If you look at the original German Triangle, see this image [link] , you will see that they did not actually use an equilateral triangle.

I think I will add this to the comments, since others may notice. Thanks.
Reply
:iconsickkuma:
sickkuma Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010
Oh, you're right! I'll never knew it.
Thanks!
Reply
:iconeclipseagency:
EclipseAgency Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009
Perfecton! This is the most elegant spirited and meaningful logo for the gay community that I have ever seen. The black and white symbolizes diversity and the spirited way they are dancing speaks of pride as they hold our symbol up high.

You really should get this out into the world. I'm sure there are some national non-profits or for-profits that would love to use this.
Reply
:iconinspiredcreativity:
inspiredcreativity Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
It has already been used, but the organization fell to Bush cuts years ago, so I don't know the legal status without investigation, and frankly, I am too far gone to worry about it.
Reply
:iconeclipseagency:
EclipseAgency Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009
Do you remember what your agreement was with them? Do they hold the copyright or just a usage license? I would market the heck out of this if it were mine.

I do plan to reply to your note but I'm feeling better lately and you gave me so much to deeply think about. I haven't forgotten to reply but want to do so when I can sit down and do it justice.
Reply
:iconinspiredcreativity:
inspiredcreativity Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
This was done for Charity. They were going to file for funding under a different name last I heard, and may be back in business somewhere. If anything, I would recover it and give it to another gay organization.

There is no rush, and not even an expectation of reply, although it is welcome of course. Buddha spoke of this in saying that if you have no expectation, you can have no disappointment.

I am glad you are feeling well. Beware the lull in the storm. You must be ever diligent against the natural urge to negativity.
Reply
:iconeclipseagency:
EclipseAgency Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009
Check out 5htp.com that is what has worked better than anything ever has for me. As long as I remember to take it. That is the problem sometimes I forget and then weeks later I realize I'm hitting bottom. I can actually feel the difference. The psychiatric profession is committing malpractice by not telling people of a natural option.

All I have are the lulls so I don't beware them I'm glad for them. I'm just so tied to the seasons it's as if I die every winter and am reborn every spring. Summer is my season. I wonder if it has much to do with being a Leo like my friend says. I actually moved to Arizona because I need the sun so much so I followed it here.

72 degrees here tomorrow so going to swim some laps outdoors under the blue sky. That always helps. Tucson is the best place for someone with severe SAD but even here I notice the changes my mind and body go through as the Earth moves from the sun. My friend the astrologist says that I'm a double sun sign or somethign like that. Generally it means that I'm more tied to the Sun than anyone and it rules my life. It definatly seems to.

Then today.. I find this: [link]

[link]

I'm going to give it a try.
Reply
:iconflesh2stone:
flesh2stone Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2008
Simplicity can be powerful stuff. This design has many possible applications.
John
Reply
:iconinspiredcreativity:
inspiredcreativity Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
This piece gets no attention at all, yet I think it my finest, for the same reason you like it.

In engineering (my formal training), the natural tendency is to move toward complexity, which actually goes against basic design principles. Basically, to design a part, a system, machinery, etc, in the simplest and easiest form and function, is the design of greatest eloquence and engineering mastery. Complexity is limiting, more expensive, and has more to go wrong and wear out.

The program I did this for was a Peer-to-peer counseling service that I counseled with, which was designed on the principle that gay men would be more willing to talk about issues of safe sex, suicide, morning after (no condom), and other personal crisis, with a peer, than to go to the trouble and cost of seeking professional help. It did way better that expected, then Bush killed it.

They went in the community, in bars, clubs, and dance halls etc, asking people who they would feel comfortable talking with about very personal concerns, then went to the people most nominated to ask them to volunteer.
Reply
:iconflesh2stone:
flesh2stone Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2008
Thanks for the information on ancient Greece and the background info on Logo-Gay.
John
Reply
Add a Comment:
 
×
Download JPG 1330 × 1841

:iconinspiredcreativity: More from inspiredcreativity





Details

Submitted on
September 15, 2008
Image Size
172 KB
Resolution
1330×1841
Link
Thumb
Embed

Stats

Views
6,375
Favourites
77 (who?)
Comments
50
Downloads
937
×