The Lambda: A Symbol of Liberation

Timely post from Robert, thanks for sharing. M

Art by Rob Goldstein

Art by Rob GoldsteinThe Lambda, for Zack, born in 1998

The Lambda is the 11th letter of the Greek alphabet and in its lower case form is the Greek letter L.

The early members of the Gay Liberation Front and the Gay Activists Alliance chose the Lambda as a symbol of gay liberation.

 L for Liberation.

In ‘More Man Than You’ll Ever Be’ Joseph P. Goodwin writes:

The lowercase Greek letter lambda carries several meanings. First of all, it represents scales, and thus balance. The Greeks considered balance to be the constant adjustment necessary to keep opposing forces from overcoming each other. The hook at the bottom of the right leg of the lambda represents the action required to reach and maintain a balance. To the Spartans, the lambda meant unity. They felt that society should never infringe on anyone’s individuality and freedom. The Romans adopted the letter to represent “the light of…

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Go ahead! You know you want to say it :-)

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