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Gay Marriage Gifts

 

Find ideas for gay and lesbian gifts and learn how to incorporate colors and symbols into gay marriage gifts.

 

1. Green in Gay Gifts

 

Green is a color that has been used in gay culture since the 1700s. Gay men once pinned a green carnation (a non-blooming white carnation) to their lapel as a secret signal to other gay men. Something using several bright colors at once is also a good gay gift, as the gay community has, since the 80s, used bright colors as a way to celebrate life and as a sign of resistance of oppression. Bright colors are also a symbol of joy, perfect for celebratory gay gifts.

 

If the gift is for a wedding, something that references the joining of the couple is a good idea. Many lesbian and gay gifts use two male or female symbols to represent the union of the couple. Choosing something with joined same-sex symbols is a way of supporting the commitment the couple are making to each other. Gay jewelry pieces can make great gay gifts. Consider a split-pendant necklace set or a family heirloom piece as a thoughtful wedding gift.

 

 

 

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2. The Hare, Hyena and the Weasel

 

The hare, hyena and weasel have been emblems of gay culture for many years, and were associated with homosexuality for many years before that. The three animals were mentioned in an apocryphal text of the Bible, Barnabus, where god warns against eating the flesh of the hare, associating it with anal sex, the hyena, which was at the time to change gender once a year, and the weasel, which was associated with lesbian sex.

 

Incorporating these animals into a gift when gay shopping is a way to guarantee a memorable gift and show gay pride. Other animals that are associated with gay culture are the rhinoceros and the bear (although the latter is specific to the large-and-hairy section of gay culture). Animals are a frequent feature in gay shopping and appropriate in gifts for gay men and lesbians. Find out the favorite animal of your friends and keep it in mind when buying gay gifts such as a pendant for a necklace or a gay pin.

 

 

 

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3. The Labrys

 

A good way to show support for lesbian friends when they make a commitment to each other is to include a gay pride symbol or strong female symbol in the gift you give them. Although specificallylesbian gifts are still a small percentage of the marketplace, researching lesbian symbols might provide you with unique and meaningful gift ideas.

 

One strong symbol of lesbianism is the labrys, the double-headed axe. The axe was used by the Amazons, who were a powerful female tribe who operated under a matriarchal (female empowered) system. The labrys has been used in various other matriarchal cultures and feminist groups.

 

When looking for lesbian gifts, it is important to keep in mind the style of the couple who are to receive it. When choosing Lesbian Jewelry, take into account whether the woman to wear it is a sensual or straightforward person – it will give you a clue whether to choose a curvy, romantic piece or to go for contemporary linear designs.

 

 

 

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4. The Rainbow Flag

 

The rainbow flag is a gay pride symbol created in the 1970s by Gilbert Baker in 1978 for a San Francisco pride parade. The original flag had eight colors, but two had to be dropped when the flag went into mass production, as the printer did not have the materials.

 

The use of the flag swiftly spread throughout the gay community as a symbol of pride. During the 1980s and 1990s, small stickers of the flag were used as a not-so-secret symbol of gay friendliness: flags were stuck on cars to declare the owner was gay, and put in shop windows as a sign that the store was a gay-friendly venue. As acceptance of gay culture has grown, the use of the sticker has changed into a more open declaration of support for gay rights.

 

 

 

Designers are incorporating symbols of gay love and pride into gay jewelry by using the colors of the rainbow flag. Designers select gems in the six colors of the flag and set them into commitment and wedding rings, allowing gay couples to show their joy. Read more about Rainbow Jewelry

 

 

 

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5. Color and Gay Culture

 

Emblems of gay culture often feature a riot of bright colors. Shows such as Queer as Folk use bright pinks, blues and greens in their marketing materials, and gay pride jewelry and clothing uses all the colors of the rainbow.

 

Bright colors are a large feature of gay culture for a combination of reasons. The most obvious reason for using bright colors as a showing of gay pride is the rainbow flag, which has been an emblem of gay pride since the seventies, but the use of colors in gay culture pre-dates the flag by centuries – gay men in the 1700s used the placement of bright handkerchiefs or flowers as a signal to others.

 

A main reason for using bright colors is cultural. Western culture has been strongly influenced by the repressive culture in English history, which advocated a strict set of social rules that were not to be broken. In this culture, bright colors were a symbol of strong emotion and were considered uncouth, something to be repressed.

 

Bright colors also have a psychological link to life and energy, an important rallying point for gay culture suffering in the AIDS epidemic.

 

Gay culture uses colors as a silent signal that the struggle for gay rights is alive, vibrant and not to be oppressed. Colors are a way of demonstrating that the wearer is queer as folk. Many gay pride designs and gay pride jewelry use the six colors of the rainbow flag as a symbol of joy and pride.

 

 

 

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6. The Other L Word

 

The lambda is the Greek lower case 'l', used by gay activists as a symbol of struggle for gay rights. The lambda was first chosen as a gay symbol in 1970 when it was used by the New York Gay Activists Alliance. The symbol was adopted by the International Gay Rights Congress in Edinburgh in 1974.

 

There is no evidence of why the symbol was chosen, other than the theory that it represents 'l' for 'liberation.' The symbol is used in physics to symbolize energy and wavelength. Greek Spartans used lambda as a symbol for unity, and Romans considered it the 'light of knowledge shed into the darkness of ignorance.'

 

 

 

The lambda is used today as a symbol for the legal struggles gay rights groups have had in their pursuit of gay marriage. Jewelry designers incorporate the symbol into wedding rings, celebrating a couple's formal acknowledgement of the L word with a strong symbol of gay pride.

 

 

 

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7. Most Requested Gay Wedding Gifts

 

Couples formally committing to their same sex relationship have been discovering the joys of gift registries when letting their wedding guests know what to buy, but registries have reported gay couples have started new trends when it comes to wedding gifts.

 

The most popular items on gay gift registries have been gifts that move away from traditional items like homeware and linens. A recent report showed couples asking for cocktail shakers, computer games and novelty items, along with classic white china dinner sets and love-heart oven mitts.

 

The trend has moved into the mainstream, with opposite-sex couples naming more unusual gifts on their lists. One couple stated that they had never thought about naming items like bubble bath before they looked at a gay registry.

 

 

 

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8. Roman and Greek in Gay Culture

 

Roman and Greek symbols have long been used in Western culture. This comes from a reverence of these 'classical' times, something that dates back to Europe 's emergence from the Dark Ages. As European and British culture began to recover from the Dark Ages, scholars and writers used Greek and Roman texts as a basis for knowledge. In later years, this developed into a reverence for the 'classics' written by Greek and Roman authors, and use of symbols and letters from those times became a way of signifying high status.

 

Ancient Rome and Greece have special significance for gay culture because of the attitudes toward sexuality in those times. Although committed homosexual relationships were not exactly accepted, homosexuality was a part of these cultures. Older men would mentor younger boys in a sexual relationship, before the boys moved on to heterosexual marriage and in turn had their own younger lovers. Lesbianism also had a different meaning, with women worshipping lesbian goddesses.

 

We use Roman and Greek symbols on gay gifts because of a combination of the above reasons. As gay rights groups have adopted symbols for their struggles, using a Greek symbol like the lambda on a gay gift has a very strong link not only to ancient Greece , but to all of the protests mounted in recent times to fight for gay civil rights.

 

 

 

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9. Queer As Folk

 

The TV show Queer As Folk has done a lot to further the general understanding of gay culture and provide gay-focused gay entertainment. The popularity of the show has led to a broader availability of gay and lesbian designer jewelry, clothing and gifts.

 

The phrase has popularized the term, but the phrase 'queer as folk' actually comes from English slang. The original phrase was 'there's nowt so queer as folk,' meaning that there is nothing more odd than general humanity, and one shouldn't be surprised at what one comes across in one's community.

 

The show used the phrase because of its witty potential. Queer is a word that was a derogative term for gays and lesbians but which was reinvented by the gay community, and the term 'queer as f*ck' was a slogan popular in the 90s defying people to have a problem with homosexuality.

 

 

 

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10. Lesbian Gifts

 

Gay and lesbian couples need to be assured of the support of their gay and straight friends when they prepare for a wedding or commitment ceremony, so it is important that friends choose gifts that will show love and pride. Friends wanting to support a lesbian couple as they start a life together can show support through lesbian gifts.

 

A lesbian gift can be a gift of gay jewelry, with a gay pride symbol featured, or a gift that acknowledges the unity of the couple, such as matching robes, a family heirloom piece or a split-heart eternity charm.

 

Straight friends can also show their love and pride by wearing a pride symbol such as the rainbow flag. Jewelry featuring pride symbols has been becoming more understated and subtle, and gay pride pieces can make a part of anyone's everyday jewelry. Straight friends can choose a general pride symbol as a way of showing silent support and acceptance day to day.

 

 

 

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