We’ve been working hard this week on the brand for Australia’s Homosexual Histories Conference 2017. The conference is being hosted in Adelaide this year, and Digital Barn is proud to be sponsoring the event.

As part of our industry research for the project, we’ve put together a showcase of some of the logos and logo trends for LGBTIQ related organisations around the world.

Over the rainbow

Clearly the rainbow is the go-to concept when it comes to gay organisations. The majority of the organisations we came across used the rainbow in one way or another. These are just some of the nicer ones.

Stars in your eyes

Stars are used for a variety of reasons not specifically tied to the LGBTIQ community. For example the Dayenu logo below is a clever merge of the rainbow and the Star of David.

Circles for days

Circles can be symbolic of community, coming together, and unity. All of the logos below show a circle being made out of many parts, so it seems clear that community is the purpose behind these designs.

Reclaiming the pink

There was initially a pink stripe on Gilbert Baker’s original rainbow flag. Depending on who you talk to this was removed either because when the flag was handmade the pink die would bleed into the other colours, or because when moving to mass production the hot pink fabric was too rare and expensive to include. That doesn’t stop a variety of groups still using the pink.

Using the pink can also be seen as “reclaiming” the colour after the abuse suffered in World War 2. Every prisoner in Nazi concentration camps had to wear a downward-pointing triangle on their jacket, the colour of which was to categorise them by “kind”. The pink triangle identified male prisoners who were sent there because of their homosexuality. As Jewish prisoners were marked with a yellow triangle, pink and yellow triangles were combined if a prisoner was deemed to be gay and Jewish.