Twitter bust-up over rainbow poppies to mark this weekend's Remembrance Day

Twitter bust-up over rainbow poppies to mark this weekend's Remembrance Day
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Posted on 7 Nov 2019

A row has broken out on Twitter about the wearing of rainbow poppies.


The poppy is worn by people in the run-up to Remembrance Day - November the 11th - in honour of those who have died in the line of duty, and is traditionally red in colour. 

On seeing the rainbow poppy for sale on ebay, one woman wrote: "Why am I seeing rainbow poppies being made, not to be rude but there is a whole month dedicated to the LGBT community, can the heroes that fought for our country have the ONE day to be remembered without it being about sexuality. It's going too far now."


The tweet went viral. One tweeter wrote: "I think I'm right in saying, the only colour poppy sold by the Royal British Legion is red. All monies raised by the selling of these red poppies go toward ex-servicemen. If it's not a red poppy, it doesn't stand for anything and money raised does not go to charity."

Another reply read: “I do not care what colour poppy you wear, as long as you make a donation to the Royal British Legion, because that is what wearing a poppy is intended to signal.”


There were many who replied in favour of the rainbow poppy, including one individual who wrote: "Wish people would understand the rainbow poppy is meant to be a symbol of respect to LGBT soldiers who had to fight/hide being gay due to the laws all being against it?"

Another said: "Let people wear whatever poppy they like, whatever colour. As long as the reason it’s worn is universal the colour shouldn't matter."


A spokesperson for The Royal British Legion confirmed that the red poppy recognises the service and sacrifice of people from all communities who have served with the British Armed Forces, including those from the LGBTQ+ community.

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