Hundreds of people have signed a petition after the LGBT+ pride flag was repurposed as a ‘thank you NHS' flag.
The current coronavirus has seen the rainbow symbol being used as a sign of solidarity with key workers and NHS staff, but some outlets have recently started selling six-colour LGBT+ pride flags, created decades ago by gay activist Gilbert Baker, as 'thank you NHS' flags.
The petition, calling for a change in the symbol used for the NHS, was started by 16-year-old Bella McMonagle, from Northern Ireland.
Commenting, Bella told Forbes: “I and thousands of other LGBT+ people in this country feel like they are having their history erased - both young and the old members of the community. I thought someone should speak up and do something about it.
“I know, and my online supporters all agree, that we love and respect what the NHS workers are doing for us. We aren't blaming them at all for our flag being 'rebranded.'
"It's the fact that now there some homophobic people flying the symbol, which we used and we have fought to be able to use, claiming that it isn't our symbol.”
She continued: "We can't take all the rainbow for ourselves, we don't own it. But the six-colour flag has been synonymous with LGBT+ pride since 1978, and we will fight not to be erased.”
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