As a teen, I was a member of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls-an organization for the daughters and granddaughters of Master Masons and their friends. I loved being part of this group of young ladies who served the community, had memory work that centered around scripture and made friendships to last a lifetime. We wore dresses to our meetings with legs never crossed above the ankle and wore formal dresses for things like officer installation, initiation and dances with the Demolay! I loved all things rainbow.
I've shared with you all before how my first memory of having a "gay" friend was in high school when a friend turned around in class and quickly told me she was gay. I still consider her one of my dearest friends, I value her and the memories we share more and more the older I get. Little did I know that day in the mid-1980's that the symbol of the rainbow I hold so close to my heart would become the widely known symbol for gay pride. The first flag was dyed by hand and stitched together in 1978 for the Gay Freedom Day Parade in San Francisco. A fun fact of irony-a San Francisco flag company began selling surplus Rainbow Girl flags that day...
From the King James Version of the Holy Bible:
Every living creature of all flesh
Take a moment and let that sink in.
The other day I heard someone mention how sad it made them that the meaning of the rainbow had been changed from the bible, going on to imply almost a disgust for the LBGT community. I happened to be sporting my 2019 Pride Converse (black Converse, rainbow sole and shoe strings). I literally had no response, I love this person-we're friends; but still my heart hurt. All I could do was whisper to myself, "I do set my bow in the clouds for every living creature...I do set my bow in the cloud for every living creature..." over and over again. It really began to sink in no one "took" the rainbow from the bible. No one changed the meaning. The rainbow is for every living creature-man/woman, gay/straight, black/white-all the shades in between! Each and every creature of all flesh has the promise from God that we are loved and will never be destroyed by flood because of our wrong doing or sin.
Another fun fact-my friend from high school married her sweeheart, Julie and together they adopted three incredible kids; their daughter is a Rainbow Girl and I love that she is learning the same love and promises that I learned many years ago!