Rainbow Culture

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Rainbow Culture, also known as Rainbow Pride, Gender and Sexual Diversity (GSD), Lesbian-Gay-Transgender-Bisexual Culture (LGBT) and other variations, represents self-affirmation, dignity, equality rights, increased visibility as a social group, community building, and celebration of sexual diversity and gender variance.

Pride, as opposed to shame and social stigma, is the predominant outlook that bolsters most Rainbow rights movements throughout the world. Pride has lent its name to LGBT-themed organizations, institutes, foundations, book titles, periodicals and even a cable TV station and the Pride Library.

Ranging from solemn to carnivalesque, pride events are typically held during LGBT Pride Month or some other period that commemorates a turning point in a country’s LGBT history, for example Moscow Pride in May for the anniversary of Russia's 1993 decriminalization of homosexuality. Some pride events include LGBT pride parades and marches, rallies, commemorations, community days, dance parties, and large festivals, such as Sydney Mardi Gras, which spans several weeks.

Common symbols of pride are the rainbow or pride flag, the lowercase Greek letter lambda (λ), the pink triangle and the black triangle, these latter two reclaimed from use as badges of shame in Nazi concentration camps.

While BDSM culture and Rainbow culture have great overlap and shared roots historically, it is worth noting that not all members of either cultural movement are in mutual support of the other.