In recognition of the 35th Anniversary of the LGBTQ rainbow flag, Colors of Compassion 2013 was a collaborative flag sharing project inspired by traditional Tibetan and Bhutanese Prayer Flags, with hundreds of flags created in the colors of the LGBTQ rainbow flag.
Colors of Compassion was envisioned to connect people locally and globally, with hundreds of people writing personal messages of hope, love, support and encourgement on flags which were then sent to those facing life struggles.
- To raise awareness of significant issues facing LGBTQ people around the world
- To enhance historical and cultural understanding of LGBTQ people
- To connect people with compassion-based, solutions-focused activities
- Flags were created and sent to LGBTQ individuals & organizations to uplift and strengthen in the struggle for courage and pride.
MAY 2013: From Stonewall With Love
> View Stonewall Vets Flags
> View Dalai Lama Prayer Flags Photos
June 2013: AIDS/LifeCycle
Riders had the opportunity to reflect on the meanings behind the colors of the flags, on the many lives lost to AIDS, and on those living with HIV/AIDS in the LGBTQ community.
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June & September 2013: LA PRIDE & Gay Straight Alliance/LA
> View Rainbow Prayer Flags Photos
June 2013: Stand for Equal Human Rights
> View Free & Equal Flags
Because the struggle continues...
Let us not forget...
After several decades of freedom and growing acceptance of LGBT people in Germany, Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party assumed power in 1933 - and a brutal crackdown on the LGBT community began. The laws written into Germany’s Paragraph 175 led to the immediate closure of gay establishments and produced widespread fear among people throughout Germany and occupied territories. These laws and the resulting imprisonment, torture and executions of German citizens and other Europeans, bear such resemblance to laws and conditions today in a vast number of countries, that we are compelled and obligated to mobilize and participate together in compassionate action.
It was the atrocities of Nazi Germany, including the imprisonment, torture and execution of millions of people including LGBT people, that directly led to the December 10, 1948 adoption by the UN of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which in 2013 celebrated its 65th Anniversary. Sadly, this declaration is still being violated by 80+ countries with inhumane laws and treatment of LGBT people.
Colors of Compassion was a partner project with the Compassion Games, held in multiple cities around the US and abroad. As a part of the LGBT community’s Compassion Games, we encouraged people to engage in community service projects, random acts of kindness, and to create and send personalized prayer flags to those who needed encouragement and strength in their lives.