• 10 Jul 2021

Shop Opening: new way to support us

We are thrilled to be able to open our small online shop at last. After a lot of time working, reworking it, it’s finally out (after changing the technical solution a half dozen times).

This shop is the perfect way to support us and our activities without just giving up money. You get some cool merch, and we can finance events likes the Drag Against AIDS (since we are part of WR Family), the Bear Pride & the Mr. Bear election, and some other small gatherings.

So far, products include standard non-tracking shipping in Luxembourg, but if you want them shipped elsewhere in Europe, contact us, and we’ll be glad to accommodate.

Tickets for events and parties will still be sold through tickets.out.lu platform (free of charge platform for LGBTQ+ events, which we created and kept running).

A short history of the flags

The International Bear Brotherhood Flag was designed to represent the bear within the  LGBT community. The colors of the flag are meant to include the colors of the furs of animal bears throughout the world, not necessarily referring to human skin and hair color tones: Dark brown, orange/rust, golden yellow, tan, white, gray, and black. The flag was designed with inclusion in mind. The gay bear culture celebrates secondary sex characteristics such as the growth of body hair and facial hair, which is typically considered a « bear » trait.

The bisexual pride flag was designed by  Michael Page in 1998 to give the bisexual community its symbol comparable to the gay pride flag of the larger  LGBTQ+ Community.  He aimed to increase the visibility of bisexuals, both among society as a whole and within the LGBTQ+ community. The first bisexual pride flag was unveiled at BiCafe’s first-anniversary party on December 5, 1998.

The transgender pride flag is a light blue, pink, and white striped flag designed by  American trans woman   Monica Helms in 1999, and is a symbol of the transgender community, organizations, and individuals.

In June 2017, the city of  Philadelphia adopted a revised version of the Gay Pride flag designed by the marketing firm Tierney that adds black and brown stripes to the top of the standard six-color flag, to draw attention to issues of people of color within the LGBT community. Some LGBT activists in Philadelphia and other communities criticized the variation as unnecessary and divisive.

In June 2018 designer Daniel Quasar released a redesign incorporating elements from both the Philadelphia flag and trans pride flag to bring focus on inclusion and progress within the community. The flag design immediately went viral on social media, prompting worldwide coverage in news outlets. While retaining the common six-stripe rainbow design as a base, the « Progress » variation adds a chevron along the hoist that features black, brown, light blue, pink, and white stripes to bring those communities (marginalized people of color, trans individuals, and those living with HIV/AIDS and those who have been lost) to the forefront; « the arrow points to the right to show forward movement, while being along the left edge shows that progress still needs to be made. »

Shipping in Luxembourg is on us. It’s 10€ each!