The growth in the use of gay pride jewelry is directly linked to the massive advances in laws regarding the LGBT (=lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community, especially the introduction of same-sex marriage in different countries across the globe, which already added colorful rings to the hands of many happy couples.
Marriage is very important to every individual and couple as it bonds them officially and religiously too, if their church allows so. Nearly all the delays in passing laws that give these couples the basic right of marriage are due to churches’ blind beliefs that homosexuality is a sin. This is clearly the beliefs of one group stepping over the personal lives of millions of people, something unacceptable.
Every person, be male, female, straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer or transgender, should have the same options, and putting a golden or silver ring around their loved one’s finger should be one of them. And a rainbow being the symbol of LGBT people and gay pride, it makes total sense that a LGBT couple would want rainbow-colored stones on their engagement rings, wedding rings or jewelry, and for a good price.
The rainbow flag, designed by Gilbert Baker, was first seen in San Francisco’s gay pride in 1978. In the beginning there were eight colors (hot pink, red, orange, yellow, green, turquoise, blue and violet), each symbolizing one thing. It is interesting to note that the hot pink was dropped because it was hard to find hot pink fabric back then. Today, the six colored rainbow pride flag (red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet) is seen as the standard version, and is the most widespread. There are many interpretations why the rainbow was chosen as a symbol for the flag, one of the most popular versions being that it was due to Judy Garland, a massive gay icon, singing “Over The Rainbow”.
Judy Garland became a gay icon due to her struggles in her personal life, with which gay men identified. An interesting story is that, many years ago, gay people would be referred to as Dorothy’s friends because of Garland’s unforgettable role as Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. Even if she herself wasn’t an explicit supporter of gay rights, she had still stated that she sings for people and she doesn’t care about their orientation.
An event to always wear gay jewelry to is the biggest event of each LGBT person’s calendar, the funky and colorful Gay Pride parade, where it is always very stylish to wear something rainbow. Gay pride jewelry goes well with the often handcrafted outfits people spend a good while planning and designing, choosing the message they want to spread, often something personal or political. Seen from above, gay pride often looks like a rainbow wonderland made of candy, where every LGBT person is free to express themselves.
Pride is still very important in our world today, as we still have countries which not only refuse to change their laws to include the LGBT community, but who are doing new inhuman laws such as Russia’s “anti-gay” law. As the rainbow flag is a gay symbol, every rainbow is now considered a symbol of “gay propaganda” to the government. Anything which has a rainbow is now banned in Russia. There was a recent scandal in St. Petersburg about a popular old dairy brand having a rainbow in their logo, which was interpreted as “gay propaganda”.
Thankfully a lot of countries give people the freedom to show themselves, including the US, where up to 2003 homosexual relationships were illegal in many states and until 2011 lesbian, gay and bisexual people weren’t able to serve openly in the military - something that still stands for the transgender community.
Weddings, engagements and civil partnerships are a big deal as well. LGBT people are accepted in some countries and have been for many years, but there are still difficulties, and stylish rainbow gems will remind you of who you are and that our society, despite some countries moving backwards, is moving forwards and soon enough we will achieve equality and no one will have to believe that they are a heavy burden for society or a disgrace for their church and family.
However, not all states have accepted gay marriage yet, so the rainbow symbol holds very high meaning and the choice of symbolic jewelry is evident.
Besides rainbows, very popular designs in gay jewelry are two mars or two venus symbols, showing two men or two women in a relationship. Transgender people are also very important part of our society, and the transgender symbol is also used to show pride. The Trans community has always been vital to the LGBT movement and it is awful that there still exists discrimination within the LGBT community towards Trans people as they are people as well and they also face difficulties within our world. In many countries it is considered shameful to be transgender not only by the population, but by the country’s laws as well.
Rainbow jewelry is a perfect addition for everyday pride to show off one’s true colors, and the rainbow is the modern symbol for equal rights.
And why everyday? Because LGBT people still face difficulties daily and it is important to remember who you are. Even if it may seem that a lot of people are straight, it is not the case as a lot are closeted or simply do not know that being gay is OK, or that your gender may not match your sex. Also, the Kinsey Scale, a scale which shows how sexuality has more gray areas than it is thought to have, should always be minded.
Sexuality isn’t just “straight, bisexual, gay”. The case that a person is 100% heterosexual or 100% homosexual exists, but it is far less common than a person who is not 100% of either side. We are all people who are attracted to people.
Rainbow jewelry will brighten your day and it doesn’t matter what gender you are (or if you fit into a gender at all); we are all people, LGBT or not, and we all have pride in who we are. Rainbow bracelets, rings, necklaces, pendants, ankle accessories and rings, handcrafted with high quality stainless steel, silver, enamel and gems are an amazing addition for your style to show that equal rights can be achieved, that we are all human and even if it is taking a while and stupid stereotypes and laws still exist, love will prevail like it always should. And once equality is fully achieved, and no one will take it away, because we know who we are and we love who we are.
Gay Pride Jewelry & Rings
Here at RainbowSapphireJewelers we create beautiful rainbow jewelry and rings popular with both straight and gay people. A lot of our customers wear our jewelry as gay pride jewelry. While our default rainbow-color scheme isn't the same as the gay pride flag we can customize your jewelry so it looks like the gay pride flag.
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