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Title:It's a Natural Flag, It Comes from the Sky
Author(s):Tringali, William
Subject(s):Library and Information Science
Abstract:Did you know the original Rainbow Flag had two more stripes than it does today? That each color had a corresponding meaning? Or that it was heavily rumored to have been designed because of Judy Garland? Queer histories and ideas can slip out of sight. My research focuses on examining multiple types of media from a queer, cultural, and historical perspective. One of the most exciting projects I was able to work on here at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was an exhibit for the Main Library on the history of several LGBT flags. Harvey Milk approached Gilbert Baker to create a symbol of pride for the gay community. "Flags are about proclaiming power" Baker said. Since then, the Rainbow Flag has been illuminated onto buildings, put on LGBT Safe Zone stickers, and even made into an emoji! And yet so much of its history remains unknown by so many! This image represents my research and its spirit. Whether you're analyzing film, or wondering how to best serve the patrons of your library, approaching from a queer, cultural, and historical perspective will give you a completely new way to understand your work and the world around you.
Issue Date:2019
Rights Information:Copyright 2019 William Tringali
Date Available in IDEALS:2019-05-03

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