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How well do you know your LGBT+ flags?

Honestly, the LGBT+ movement is moving so quickly these days that it is difficult for anyone to keep up with so being a travel company we thought we would share with you a quick fun guide to the international language behind flags and symbols attached to the LGBT+ Community for all you Pride-goers over this glorious season.

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Obviously everybody knows the Rainbow Flag, synonymous with the LGBT Pride movement, but within the movement there are numerous subcultures which all have their own defining symbology; so how well do you know your pride flags?

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Lesbian Pride

Lesbian Pride usually uses the ancient symbol of the Labrys, the double-headed battleaxe, to represent lesbian and feminist strength and self-sufficiency. This flag in particular holds some interesting significance in the inverted black triangle which was used by the Nazis to denote lesbians and “workshy” people in a similar way to the gold star.

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Bisexual Pride

The flag for Bisexual Pride features a 3 striped design, the representation of each strip is debated but the widely accepted  explanation is:  “The pink colour represents sexual attraction to the same sex only (gay and lesbian), The blue represents sexual attraction to the opposite sex only (straight) and the resultant overlap colour purple represents sexual attraction to both sexes (bi).”.

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TranSgender Pride

Transgender Pride uses a flag with 5 equally sized stripes: “The stripes at the top and bottom are light blue, the traditional colour for baby boys. The stripes next to them are pink, the traditional colour for baby girls. The stripe in the middle is white, for those who are intersex, transitioning or consider themselves having a neutral or undefined gender. The pattern is such that no matter which way you fly it, it is always correct, signifying us finding correctness in our lives.”.
Another flag used by Transgender Pride looks like this:

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Another flag used by Transgender Pride in more recent years. There is some debate as to whether this flag looks too similar to the Bisexual Pride flag so it has fallen slightly out of vogue but honestly it looks fierce.

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This fused male/female symbol is quite self explanatory but has also seen wide usage within the Transgender Movement.

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Genderfluid Pride

Genderfluid Pride is a subset of the Transgender Pride movement which are in their own right a separate entity and so have their own flag. The Gender Fluid flag consists of five stripes. This flag represents the fluctuations and the flexibility of gender in gender fluid people. The first stripe is pink which represents femininity, or feeling female. The second stripe is white, and represents the lack of gender, including agender, or gender neutral. The third stripe is purple and represents a combination of masculinity and femininity including various degrees of androgyny. The fourth stripe is black and represents all other genders, third genders, and pangender. Lastly the final stripe is blue and represents masculinity or feeling male.

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Intersex Pride

One of the newest additions to the roster of flags, the Intersex Pride uses the purple circle on a yellow background as their flag of choice with a deeply thought out symbology; purple and yellow were used in this context as a “hermaphroditic” colours to represent the intersex community.

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Also in use is this flag with a blended blue and pink middle stripe to represent the gender fusion that intersex people are born into.

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GenderQueer Pride

Genderqueer (GQ or non-binary) Pride use a tripartite flag with a lavender stripe chosen as lavender is seen as an androgynous colour; a white stripe to represent agender identity and chartreuse green for the final stripe to represent those whose identities are defined outside of and without reference to the binary.

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Non-Binary Pride

The Non-Binary Pride flag was created in 2014 after a call was made in the community from those who did not feel that the Genderqueer Pride flag represented them and so this came to be. The four striped design; yellow, white, purple and yellow has significance in each layer. The yellow represents those whose gender exists without reference to the binary; the white represents those who have many or all genders as white is the root of all clolour; the purple represents those who feel their gender is between or a mix of female and male and the final black stripe represents those who are without gender as black is the absence of colour.

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Pansexual Pride

The Pansexual Pride flag consists of 3 horizontal stripes; pink, yellow and blue. The pink stripe represents those who identify with the male spectrum; the pink is to represent those who identify with the female spectrum and the yellow portion represents non-binary attraction such as androgynous, agender, bigender, genderfluid, transgender and intersex peoples.

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AGENDER PRIDE

Created in 2014  the Agender Pride flag has seven horizontal stripes which are coloured (top to bottom) black, grey, white, green, white, grey, black. The Black stripes represent complete absence of gender; grey represent semi-genderless and green represents nonbinary as it is the inverse of purple populary used to represent androgyny.

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The popular transgender symbol is also used by the Agender community with the addition of a black bar to represent the lack of gender.

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Asexual Pride

The Asexual pride flag features four horizontal stripes with the black stripe representing Asexuality; the grey stripe representing Grey-A orientation; white representing sexuality and finally purple to represent community as a whole.

And finally and honestly my personal favourite of the lot is the flag for allies of the LGBT+ movement:

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Proud Ally

For anyone who made it through this entire blog I thank you for sticking to it, the LGBT+ community is the most diverse group of people ever to grace this fine earth and we can only hope for it to grow ever larger. Flags are easy to let people identify themselves but behind every flag is a person waving it. an identity in and of itself, we are all unique; embrace it!!!

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4 good reasons why you need a holiday!

I’m sure you don’t need any convincing, but just to make it even easier for you, we’ve put together 5 excellent reasons why you definitely need a holiday. We know it’s hard – you have to get the time off work, pick somewhere to go, and it can be expensive. But you can do it cheaply, and if you get leave you might as well take it, so…

1. Relax

It might seem obvious, but getting away from the office will help you unwind and you’ll work better when you get back. Even a workaholic needs to take a break, and has to acknowledge that they’ll do a better job when they’ve recharged their batteries.

2. Get your fitness back

We tend to overindulge when we go on holiday, but this is often offset by the amount of exercise we do without even realising it. In our normal day to day life, we sit in the office in front of a computer, and on holiday we walk to the beach, see the sights, go for a swim – it’s exercise and it doesn’t even feel like it! A holiday on the horizon might persuade you to get your beach body back in advance too, so we figure holidays are good for your health and fitness.

3. Sleep better

You’ll sleep better when you’re physically removed from the stresses of daily life. You can lie in as much as you want to on holiday as well. Most of us don’t get enough sleep, and it’s one of the top courses of stress.

4. Spend some quality time with your friends or partner

Whether you’re on holiday with your loved on or friends, you’ll be surprised how much better you get on when you’re relaxed. Rekindle that spark or remember your young self and have fun, it will do you the world of good!

 

Spotlight on: Bordeaux

Summer is just around the corner, and what could be more relaxing than a trip to France for fine wine and fine dining? Bordeaux not only has both those things, but it’s also very beautiful as well. Whether you’ve got a couple of days there or a week, here are some things you can do to make the most of your stay.

1. Wine Tasting Lesson

If you’re going to be drinking loads of wine, you might as well learn how to do it properly. Head to the Ecole du Vin in the centre of Bordeaux, and you can learn more than you ever imagined about the history of wine, how it’s produced, and taste some really gorgeous ones too.

2. Take a trip to the vineyards

For a reasonable price, you can take a day trip out to two vineyards. You can book these from the tourist office in the centre of the town, right opposite the Ecole du Vin, and they’re really helpful in there. The vineyards that they travel to differ from day to day, but you’re sure to be in for a treat. You can see how winemakers grow and process their wine, and of course a tasting is included!

3. Go to the seafront where you can find bars and restaurants with a wonderful view of the shoreline. These guys know their wine, and rather than pick off a list, you’ll probably be invited down to the cellar (see below) to choose your own bottle from all they have!

If you decide to go to Bordeaux, prepare to spend money on food and wine – but you won’t regret it. Bordeaux is also a beautiful city, with fabulous architecture and it really comes alive at night, with tucked away bars and musicians playing together in the side streets. You’re sure to have a wonderful trip.

Steve’s trip to Bali

You might have noticed by now that we’re mad about travelling. Any chance we get we hop off in search of an adventure. Steve from Gay Homestays went to Bali last week, and had some amazing experiences.

Bali is an Indonesian island, between two others called Java and Lombok. It is famed for its beautiful beaches and is a popular tourist location. There are tourist spots all over the island, but mostly located in the south.

Steve stayed in Ubud, which is a small bohemian town located in the centre of the island, quite far away from the popular tourist spots and busy beaches. The town is full of arty types – dancing, music, sculpture, metalwork and painting are all popular. Below is a typical side street in Ubud, with the decorations from a Hindu festival still hanging form a couple of weeks before.

Bali is surrounded by coral reefs, and very hot as it is only 8 degrees away from the equator. It is home to 280 species of birds, and until recently also the leopard and the Bali tiger. The wildlife is still thriving despite the recent surge in tourists. Ubud is famous for its monkey forest where you can walk amongst the monkeys and take bananas in with you –  if you’re brave enough!

If you like sun, art, music, culture and wildlife, Bali is the place to go!

How to save money on your travels

Gay Homestays is all about saving people money when they’re travelling, and making sure they have a great time. Holidays can be expensive, and you don’t want to have to scrimp when it comes to enjoying yourself. So what can you do to make sure you have a good time, but don’t feel glum about overspending when you get back? Here are our tips for a happy holiday.

1. It starts before you even get there. Airports are huge honey traps – you have to wait there for ages, and there are loads of shiny things to buy, not to mention the food, which is hugely overpriced. Make sure you don’t cut into your foreign currency before you even get there by taking a magazine to keep you busy, and snacks to keep you full.

2. Check the extra baggage costs for your flight. The cheaper flights often charge extra for anything on top of hand luggage. Can you travel light? If so, just take hand luggage. Don’t fill up suitcases with bulky beach towels – you can pick up towels really cheap when you arrive, and just leave them there. Cheaper than £20 per bag on a plane!

3. Do your research before you go. We all love thinking about what we’re going to do on holiday, so put your daydreaming to good use. Check out the Lonely Planet guides or restaurant guides online to find the cheapest places to eat. The tourist areas are often expensive, and if you scrub up on your local knowledge you can find somewhere much better and cheaper if you venture off the beaten track.

4. Finally, (and most importantly!) stay with a host – they’re cheaper than a hotel, and they can tell you where the best bars, clubs, restaurants and attractions are.

Following these easy steps will make sure you cut down your stress levels, and not just your bank balance!