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YUMBO - SCENE

For homosexuals the YUMBO is no longer just a personal tip and, also heterosexuals know about the "scene" in the YUMBO. When talking about the YUMBO, the term "Gay Center" is often uttered. And that is quite alright ...

A big part of the YUMBO´s uniqueness is due to the "scene". The nicest bars where the most creative ideas and extensive cocktail menues welcome the guests are mainly managed by homosexuals. The liberal atmosphere and the life for one another and with one another between heteros, homos and other minorities is the basis of the special charm of the YUMBO. Nowhere in Playa del Inglés you will be welcomed in a warmer manner and, besides find a more varied range of offers and diversions.

The YUMBO is proud of the open and liberal and, in parts even illustrous group of gays and lesbians reflecting free feelings. Nevertheless we have not forgotten that homosexuality is not as normal in the world as it is on the island of Gran Canaria. Gays and lesbians are too often faced with discrimination. That´s the reason why committed gays do freely show their sexual inclination to struggle for equality and more acceptance within our society.

The YUMBO supports these aims and contributes with pleasure to the enlightenment within the bounds of possibility. The worldwide "scene" has developped signs and symbols and you will recapture these in many places in the YUMBO.

What means ...


The Rainbow Flag
The rainbow flag is perhaps the most recognizable symbol of the gay community. Use of the rainbow flag dates back to 1978 when it first appeared in the San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Freedom Parade. San Francisco artist Gilbert Baker designed the flag and, assisted by thirty volunteers, hand-stitched and hand-dyed two giant flags for the parade. This flag was quickly recognized as a symbol which could permanently stand for the gay community. It is officially recognized by the International Congress of Flag Makers.
The flags has six stripes, with each color representing part of the community:
  • red for life,
  • orange for healing,
  • yellow for sun,
  • green for harmony and nature,
  • blue for art,
  • and violet for spirit.


Gender Symbols
Gender symbols are based on the common astrological signs which have existed since ancient Roman times. The Venus symbol with a cross represents the female, and the pointed Mars symbol represents the male. Double male or female symbols have been used as obvious symbols of gays and lesbians since the early 1970's. Double female symbols have also been used by feminists to denote sisterhood, and triple female symbols have been used to denote rejection of male standards of monogamy. One Male and female symbol together were used to denote the common goals of gay males and lesbians.

In recent years, some variations on these combinations have occurred: male and female symbols together to represent heterosexual awareness, and male and female symbols off of one circle to represent the bisexual. Male and female symbols linked by the circle of a question mark has also come to represent sexual diversity.
Red Ribbon
Red Ribbon is the international symbol of HIV and AIDS awareness. It is being worn by increasing number of people around the world to demonstrate their care and concern about HIV and AIDS - for those who are living with HIV, for those who are ill, for those who have died and for those who care for and support those directly affected.

The Red Ribbon offers a symbol of hope and support for those living with HIV, for the continuing education of those not infected, for maximum efforts to find effective treatments, cures or vaccines and for those who have lost friends, family members or loved ones to AIDS. But the Red Ribbons are not enough. The Red Ribbon is only a useful symbol in the long run, when attached to words and deeds that actually make a difference.
Pink triangle
The pink triangle is the other most-widely recognized symbol of the gay community. The pink triangle dates back to pre-World War II times. Each gay prisoner in the concentration camp had a pink triangle to indicate their reason for incarceration. In the 70's, gays brought back the pink triangle as a symbol for the gay rights movement. It was also adopted by ACT-UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) as their symbol. They inverted the triangle, to signify "an active fight back rather than a passive resignation to fate."

CSD

CSD: Christopher Street Day
On 28 June 1969, a police raid on the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay nightclub in the heart of Greenwich Village, sparked a week-long rebellion, known today as the Stonewall Riots. For the first time in American history, lesbians and gays fought back against police harassment, hurling bricks, bottles, and rocks at the NYPD officers.

Even more significant, though, was what happened later in the summer. At the end of July, gay activists circulated copies of a flyer calling for a mass "homosexual liberation meeting." The headline of the flyer read, "Do you think homosexuals are revolting? You bet your sweet ass we are!"

The forces that were simmering before the riots were now no longer beneath the surface. The legacy of the days of rioting includes the organizations that came out of it. Within the next year, the Gay Liberation Front was formed, as well as similar organizations in countries around the world. Among their demands were not only an end to police harassment, but job protection for gay employees, the repeal of sodomy laws, and local and national anti-discrimination laws.

The month of June sees gay pride celebrations around the world, and the New York City Gay Pride March is held on the last Sunday of June, in honor of Stonewall. Pride parades evolved from protest marches held by Queer people to fight for their rights. Many parades still have this character, especially in less Queer-positive settings. However, in more Queer-positive cities, the parades take on an exclusively festive or even Mardi Gras-like character. Large parades often involve floats, dancers, drag queens, music over megaphones, and marching groups from Queer institutions of various kinds. Some particularly important pride parades are even funded by governments and corporate sponsors, and promoted as major tourist attractions for the cities that host them.

G.L.A.Y.

Gay & Lesbianas Asociados del Yumbo
The asociation for Gay people in Playa del Inglés. Founded in September 2001.
The Labrys
The labrys is a double-bladed ax which comes from myth as the scepter of the goddess Demeter (Artemis - goddess of the Earth.) Rites associated with the worship of Demeter are believed to have involved lesbian sex. Another theory links it to the Amazon armies in Greek artwork. The Amazons ruled with a dual-queen system, and were known to ferocious and merciless in battle, but just and fair once victorious. Today, the labrys has become a symbol of lesbian and feminist strength and self-sufficiency.
Leather Pride Flag
The Leather Pride Flag has become a recognized symbol of the leather community. The leather community, in this case, encompasses those into leather, levi, S/M, bondage, uniforms, cowboys, rubber and other fetishes. The Leather Pride Flag was first displayed on May 28, 1989, at the Mr. Leather contest in Chicago, and it was quickly adopted by leather/levi groups around the world.
The Bear Brotherhood Flag
The International Bear Brotherhood Flag was designed in 1995 and presented to the Bears of San Francisco at the 1996 Bear Rendezvous in San Francisco, California. After the Rendezvous, it was displayed at "The Bear Store", owned by Brush Creek Media, at 9th and Harrison in San Francisco. The colors stand for all nationalities and hair colors of bears throughout the world.

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