The Biologically Gay Web site was created in March 2003 to promote the Biologically Gay symbol and its significance.
The symbol is based on two others, the biohazard symbol and the rainbow flag.
The biohazard symbol which was originally developed by Charles Baldwin, a retired environmental-health engineer. The initial color was blaze orange, one of the colors chosen in Arctic exploration as being the most visible under the most conditions. It is three-sided to make it recognizable from any position. This symbol has since been adopted by the international community to denote such things as biological weapons, biological warfare, etc.
It was chosen as the base for the Biologically Gay symbol because of its attractive, sleek and simple design as well as the biological connotation it evokes.
The first Rainbow Flag was designed in 1978 by Gilbert Baker, a San Francisco artist, who created the flag in response to a call for the need of a community symbol. Using the five-striped "Flag of the Race" as his inspiration, Baker designed a flag with eight stripes: pink, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. Those colors represented, respectively: sexuality, life, healing, sun, nature, art, harmony, and spirit. Pink was later removed since the color "hot pink" was not commercially available, mass production of the eight-striped version became impossible. Finally, in November 1978, San Francisco's Pride Parade Committee eliminated the indigo stripe so they could divide the colors evenly along the parade route - three colors on one side of the street and three on the other. Soon the six colors were incorporated into a six-striped version that became popularized and that, today, is recognized by the International Congress of Flag Makers. It was used as part of the Biologically Gay symbol because it reminds us that ours is a diverse community - composed of people with a variety of individual tastes of which we should all be proud.
We therefore get the combination of biologically: pertaining to life and Gay: that would be us.
The amalgamation of the two symbols signifies that homosexuality is biologically determined, that it is not a choice and it is not societal. It represents our acceptance, appreciation and pride of our genetic Gay heritage.
Although we have great respect for those who are HIV+, we feel this symbol should not be used to indicate HIV status. We feel doing so would dilute the affirmative significance of the symbol.