LGBTQ+ Symbols & Meanings



Ace refers to the shortened word of asexuality. Asexual used the four aces found in a deck of playing cards to symbolise their identity and distinguish between different kinds of asexual in the spectrum.


Double female

The double Venus symbol takes the Venus symbol, often representing the female sex in both some scientific fields and astrology and doubles and interlocks it, creating a symbol for the lesbian community.


Double male

The double Mars symbol takes the Mars symbol, used to represent the male sex in both some scientific fields and astrology, and doubles it to create a symbol representing gay men.  


Green carnation

The green carnation has been used as a symbol for the LGBTQ+ community, particularly gay men since the 1890s. Victorian men would pin a green carnation onto their clothing to indicate their identity.



The labrys is a double headed axe used by female warriors in Greek and Roman mythology. The weapon represents empowerment and was created by lesbian feminists in the 1970s.



Tom Doerr chose the lambda, a lower-case Greek letter, as a symbol for the New York chapter of Gay Activists Alliance in 1970, one year after Stonewall. In 1974, the International Gay Rights Congress held in Edinburgh, Scotland adopted it as a symbol for lesbian and gay rights.



The Pansexual symbol combines the male, female, and transgender symbols into one, new, P-shaped symbol representing pansexuality.


Pink triangle

The pink triangle was a symbol used to identify homosexual men in concentration camps during WW2. The symbol has since been reclaimed and was used in the 1980s by AIDS activists to represent fighting back.



There are several different transgender symbols that are used but this one is the most common. It combines the Venus symbol, the Mars symbol, and a combination Venus/Mars symbol into one image. It was designed in 1993 by writer and activist Holly Boswell.



The best-known symbol for the LGBTQ+ community, the rainbow’s association with Pride dates to 1978 when Gilbert Baker designed the original Pride flag.