Introducing the Pride flag meant to stop hate crimes

The Pride Shield screenshot

The International Day Against Homophoba, Biphobia and Transphobia seems like the perfect day to introduce readers to the Pride Shield – the first pride flag meant to stop a bullet.

The art project, Pride Shield, is the brainchild of the Canadian LGBTQ charity Fondation Émergence. It is an illustration of violence against our community and how we protect ourselves.

The piece weighs 300 pounds and the group plans on exhibiting it worldwide.

In an emailed statement, they said, “With 193 flags united in the colors of the rainbow, we have the power to stop any bullet together.”

“As a cry for humanity, these words are also a reminder that the fight against homophobia and transphobia must go on. For years, many activists and allies have worked together to make this progress possible for LGBT people. However there’s still a long way to go and a lot of work to do in terms of inclusivity

“This LGBT flag, designed with 193 flags for the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, is a powerful testament that ‘we must all unite and take a stand against this injustice’.”

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