Entertainment Love and Romance Is There a Specific Lesbian Symbol? Share PINTEREST Email Print Andy Walker/Flickr/CC BY-ND 2.0 Love and Romance LGBTQ Relationships Sexuality Divorce Teens Friendship By Kathy Belge Syracuse University Kathy Belge is a writer and coauthor of Lipstick & Dipstick’s Essential Guide to Lesbian Relationships and Queer: The Ultimate LGBT Guide for Teens. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter LinkedIn LinkedIn Kathy Belge Updated February 24, 2018 Is there a lesbian symbol worn or displayed by lesbians that can help you recognize another lesbian? Well, there are a few different symbols that lesbians have used over time to indicate that they are a lesbian to other lesbians. Rainbow Flag Probably the most well known today is the rainbow flag, which is used by gay men, lesbians, bisexuals and the trans community. The rainbow flag is a symbol of unity while maintaining our differences. Inter-Connected Women Symbol The symbol of two inter-connected women symbols has also traditionally been used to indicate lesbianism. Labyris Labyris is a double-sided axe that the Amazons were said to use as their main weapon. Lesbians have adopted the labyris as symbol of power and independence. Black Triangle In Nazi Germany, gay men were forced to wear pink triangles. Although there was no specific color patch for lesbians, some believe lesbians were grouped with other "anti-socials" who wore a black triangle. Lesbians today sometimes wear black triangle buttons or jewelry as a symbol of pride and as a way to identify themselves as lesbian. The black triangle is not seen as much today as it was in the nineties. Lambda The Greek letter Lambda (λ) has been used as a symbol of gay pride and identification since the 1970s. The Gay Activists Alliance first used the lambda as a symbol of the energy of the gay/lesbian movement. Nautical Star Some lesbians have a star tattooed on the inside or outside of their wrists. Some scholars say that lesbians in the 1950s tattooed the stars on their wrists as a way to recognize one another. And the symbol was easily covered with a wristwatch when necessary.