Rainbow Pride

A short history of the ally's accessory

Did you hear? On the last day of June, a month filled with Pride celebrations the world over, Germany finally legalized same-sex marriage! We're over here celebrating!

In honor of the occasion, we're listing a few of our favorite rainbow accessories – a great way to show your support for the LGBTQ community. It's funny: until I wrote this, I had no idea that the rainbow used on the official Pride flag was different than the old standard, Roy G Biv. But in reading the history of the rainbow flag, I discovered that the original rainbow flag, which first appeared in San Francisco in 1978, had eight colors. Designed by Gilbert Baker, the flag's eight stripes stood for a unique component of the gay community:

  • Hot pink = sex

  • Red = life

  • Orange = healing

  • Yellow = sun

  • Green = nature

  • Turquoise = the arts

  • Indigo = harmony

  • Violet = spirit

A few years after its debut, the Rainbow Flag eliminated hot pink and turquoise, although in recent years, the eight-striped flag has returned. Whether you prefer your rainbow with six or eight bars, with these rainbow accessories, there's a wealth of ways to show you're an ally.

Personally, I'm a fan of the rainbow hot pants but Asos also carries both a sweet t-shirt and a fun dress in rainbow colors. How about shoes  – whether you're a Gucci, adidas (which has a limited edition rainbow sneaker collection called the Pride Pack!) or a Vans fan, there's something out there for you. And don't forget your lapel pin!

Check them out and let us know over on Facebook or Instagram what your favorite way to style your support for the LGBTQ community is.