It has been over 45 years since the Stonewall riots, the event that’s considered to be the start of the gay rights movement and more than a decade since Massachusetts authorities made same-sex marriages legal. Despite these impressive achievements and other accomplishments of LGBT community over the years, gay rights remain to be a polarizing issue. Some people accepted the fact that someone is gay, while others did not. So we’ve scoured tons of history books to debunk the most widespread myths and misconceptions about gay community to eventually distill raw facts. Check out these amazing yet little-know details:

1. Although, police raids on gay bars were a common thing in the late 60s, the people of New York’s Greenwich Village decided to finally stand up against the authorities when they came to Stonewall Inn, a local gay bar. This event has sparked the modern Gay Rights Movement. The anniversary of these riots is celebrated annually.

2. The Greek Lambda was used as a Gay Activist Alliance symbol before the rainbow flag became an easily recognized symbol of LGBT. There is no definitive explanation as to why the Lambda was used, but there are a few theories: one suggests that it’s the Greek lower-case letter L for liberation, the other suggests that the Greek Spartans regarded the lambda to mean unity. Which theory do you prefer most?

3. But what to the colors of the Rainbow Flag represent in LGBT movement? You have been sadly mistaken if you thought that it is so colorful just for the sake of it. There is a hidden meaning behind every stripe. It’s simple: red is for life, orange stands for healing, yellow is sunlight, green means nature, blue is for harmony and violet is for spirit.

4. The first lesbian couple to be married in New York were 85 and 76 years old. These love birds have waited all their lives to finally legalize thir love. Even know it is illegal in many countries to wed gay couples. These lesbian ladies are symbol for anybody who find themselves in an impossible situation. 

5. The universe of Harry Potter is filled with magic and various incredible creatures. And the cultural impact of these books cannot be underestimated. These masterpieces taught kids around the world that the power of love and friendship conquers all, even the most evil monsters. Sometimes even seven books are not enough to properly flash out the character, so the author of JK Rowling admitted that the character of Dumbledore was gay. He was once in love with his childhood friend Gellert Grindelwald, who later became Dumbledore’s biggest foe.

6. In 1994 the Guiness Book Of World Records recognized the creation of the largest flag. It was a mile long Rainbow Flag made to honor the 25th anniversary of Stonewall. It might not be something exceptionally bizarre like the majority of Guiness records, but once again LGBTQ community have pleasantly surprised everyone. That must have been one hell of a party.

7. In late 70s homosexuality was recognized as sickness. I wonder what kind of researches the scientist had to do to have come to such conclusion.  In fact, some people were so concerned about their health that they took medicine to cure this “illness”. And people of Sweden would call in sick to work with a “case of being homosexual”. It was a form of protest. The people of Sweden are pretty creative and ironic, you have to give them that.

8. Playboy magazine is known for its explicit content that is mostly loved by straight men, but it was truly brave for them in 1955 to include a short Sci-Fi novel in the magazine where heterosexuals were shown as a minority to homosexual. It does not seem too extreme but consider the fact that it was in 1955. This was the time when doctors advised people to smoke and yet Playboy had the guts   to express a different opinion. It was one of the most significant events in the history of gay community.

9. This something that even the nerdiest geeks do not know about. The raging green monster Hulk was renamed in his first TV adaptation. Back in the day, there were a lot of prejudice about gays and everything about gay community. So much so that the name of Bruce Banner was changed to David Banner in the 70s show “The Incredible Hulk”. People considered ‘Bruce’ to be a typical gay name.

10. The life of a rock star is filled with wild parties, loyal fans, incredible gigs and probably drugs. It rarely happens that famous rock stars are willing to trade such life for the hardship of an army service. Jimi Handrix was no exception to this rule. The legendary Jimi Hendrix pretended being gay to avoid going to the army in 1962.