- Category: LGBT Issues
- Published on Sunday, 06 March 2011 17:57
- Written by Lara Landis
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A recent Lady Gaga video uses shows an upside down pink triangle. A few Asexuals, perhaps eager to find proof of another Ace Celebrity, have suggested Lady Gaga may have been trying to suggest Asexuality by invoking the symbol used by AVEN. Internet writers often invoke the names of celebrities to bring extra traffic to the site. (Ed. Note: We could not create a link to the exact Tumblr post.)
A desire for more Asexual celebrities is easily understood and given that many of the people suggesting it's an Asexual symbol are young perhaps the lack of knowledge surrounding the symbol can be forgiven as well. Asexuals should know the sad history behind this symbol before suggesting a pop singer was trying to evoke Asexuality or promote awareness of the topic. Gaga has only claimed celibacy when asked about her sex life.
Homosexuals were forced to wear an upside down pink triangle as a way of making themselves known in Nazi Germany, according to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
In the early 1920s, the German government did not enforce the anti-homosexuality laws that were on the books and an attempt to pass more restrictive legislation failed in 1929. The victory lasted only a few short years. The Nazi party came into power in 1933. Although it blamed Jews for many of problems faced by Germany, the leaders of the Nazi party saw homosexuality as an obstacle to the overall goal of producing more members of the master race. Ernst Roehm, an openly gay leader of the Nazi party who helped Hitler come to power was homosexual. On June 30, 1934, Roehm and 1,000 of his supporters would be removed in the Night of the Long Knives, according to Middle Tennessee State University.
Homosexuals were experimented on and sent to the concentration camps, along with other groups the Nazi party considered unacceptable in pursuing their goal of achieving the master race, no one knows exactly how many homosexuals died in the concentration camps. The death toll figure ranges from 10,000 people to 15,000 people.
Nazi policy favored attempts to cure the behavior or forced castrations of individuals who officials believed were chronic cases. People forgot the symbol after World War II and America soon found itself swept up in the cold war. The upside down pink triangle might have faded into history if gay activists did not give new life to the symbol in the 1970s.
While the original symbol was pointed down, activists changed the direction the symbol pointed to symbolize positive changes to the lives of LGBT people. Whether or not Lady Gaga is Asexual is ultimately irrelevant. Like most pop singers, people will barely remember her name in a few years, unless she overcomes the odds most pop stars face. The meaning of the pink triangle symbol has lingered in the collective consciousness. Gaga, who wrote the script for the video, almost certainly knew what the upside down pink triangle meant.