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The Labrys Symbol

Author: Sexual Diversity
Author Contact: Sexual Diversity (SexualDiversity.org)
Published: 3rd Nov 2022 - Updated: 17th Nov 2022
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Summary: Information and image of the labrys, a symbol Anglo-American lesbian feminist subcultures adopted as a lesbian icon.


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The labrys symbol, a stylized form of the ancient Minoan sacred double-bladed axe, was originally an important symbol of Minoan religion on Crete (c. 2700 - 1450 BCE) and always belonged with female goddesses. The labrys, also associated with Amazons, has been a symbol of lesbianism since the 1970s. However, the official labrys lesbian flag, which features a labrys superimposed on an inverted black triangle and set against a violet background, was not designed until 1999. The labrys is claimed as a symbol of women’s empowerment, inspiring many lesbian tattoos and accessories.

Today, the usage of the labrys has waned in the queer community due to its association with second-wave lesbian feminism and TERFs (trans-exclusionary radical feminists). However, new versions are emerging that incorporate elements of the trans flag to denote trans inclusivity.

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A binary (black and white) image of the labrys adopted as a symbol of lesbianism.A binary (black and white) image of the labrys adopted as a symbol of lesbianism.

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Also see our web page regarding the Labrys Pride Flag, that represents the lesbian community.

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• (APA): Sexual Diversity. (2022, November 3). The Labrys Symbol. SexualDiversity.org. Retrieved April 13, 2024 from www.sexualdiversity.org/edu/symbols/1056.php


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