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    We Asked People To Share The Stories Behind Their Pride Tattoos

    Wear your pride on your sleeve.

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    We asked the BuzzFeed Community to show us their LGBT-inspired tattoos. Here are some of the stories behind their beautiful ink:

    1. "This was about the time that I first learnt about HIV and a few years later unfortunately started to lose older friends to this horrible disease."

    Kerry Lawrence

    “Keith Haring has been an influence on me for a long time, since I first studied art at school and had the opportunity to see the Pop Art exhibition which toured Australia in 1984. This was about the time that I first learnt about HIV and a few years later unfortunately started to lose older friends to this horrible disease. I saw the work that Keith Haring was doing for the cause and the way he promoted a positive view and a need for all to take responsibility. I am lucky enough to have several original pieces of his work in my flat but wanted to share his work on a daily basis so decided on having the panel of tattoos done. They each have a meaning to me; the three eyes are my sisters watching over me; the tall figure holding the baby, I see as the the circle of life; the dolphin, my love of the sea; the squiggly blue figure is for the break down that I lived through; the light bulb is my thoughts andideas." — Submitted by Kerry Lawrence via Facebook

    2. "I got this last Saturday, May 23rd 2015, the day Gay Marriage was voted in by the people of Ireland." — Kenom

    3. "Matching and always wearing our pride on our sleeves." — Paiger12

    4. " I wanted something more than just an equality symbol or some rainbow crap."

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    "It was only my second tattoo at the time and I wanted to get something rather aggressive and large. I wanted something more than just an equality symbol or some rainbow crap. I wanted something an 85-year-old woman could see as I passed her on the street and her know 'he's gay'. The tattoo itself I got in the kitchen of a friends apartment. It was done with a makeshift tattoo gun that used a ink pen with a motor and was done by some dude right outta prison. Sketchy? Yes, but I don't regret any of it." — Jeris Aaron via Facebook

    5. "I wanted something gay but not so gay I had to tell my parents." — ajd426d6521d

    6. "Simple but sweet. I decided to get an equality tattoo with two differently warped lines to remind myself that even though we aren’t all perfect…we are all equal!" — Stevosmyth11

    7. "I know a lot of macho guys get large script or old english letters on their biceps, so I decided to go with small sans serif type."

    "I got this tattoo about a year after I came out, right around the time of the Prop 8 campaign. I wanted to show my pride. I prefer black and white tattoos on myself (I love color on others!), and am a designer who loves typography. As a kid I always learned the colors of the rainbow by the acronym "ROYGBIV" and decided it would be perfect for me to get a "rainbow" tattoo in all black letters. As an added twist, I know a lot of macho guys get large script or old english letters on their biceps, so I decided to go with small sans serif type. It's been nearly 7 years and I still LOVE this tattoo.

    (I occasionally get asked who "BIV" is, when t-shirts only show half the tat. I then pull it up, and get a nod of approval with an "ahhhh."

    8. "My wife and I have matching tats, translation is 'Forever Hers.'" — Gwen Broyles via Facebook

    9. " This particular ones means to embrace a new life."

    "The tattoo is actually a mandala. A symbol in a dream, representing the dreamer's search for completeness and self-unity, or a geometric figure representing the universe in Hindu and Buddhist symbolism. This particular ones means to embrace a new life. The circles represent the phases of the moon. This was my symbol to accept myself in all aspects of my life and I am proud of who I am." — Submitted by R. Phillips via Facebook

    10. "I am very proud of mine, as it celebrates my Marine Corps service and my eighteen year relationship with my husband." — John via Facebook

    11. "I painted this and had it inked on me." — catkry

    12. "This is who I am, what I am." — Lowxy

    "My Chinese name in an ancient Chinese script. Left: colours representing the aromantic community. Right: LGBT rainbow pride This is who I am, what I am."

    13. "These people didn't even know me yet they judged me by just assumptions. Instead of hiding who I was or trying to fit in with the "norm", I took a stance with proudly expressing who I was."

    "I have three LGBT themed tattoos that I wear proudly on my skin. I originally lived in a very LGBT friendly city and moved to a smaller close minded town. When I first moved out to this small town it was quite the culture shock and I encountered really negative comments from rude locals about my gender and sexual orientation. I am a butch lesbian and not ashamed of who I am at all. These people didn't even know me yet they judged me by just assumptions. Instead of hiding who I was or trying to fit in with the "norm", I took a stance with proudly expressing who I was.

    My first LGBT tattoo was the HRC equal sign (Humane Rights Campaign) and it soon followed with the pink triangle (a symbol once used to shame homosexuals in Nazi concentration camps which is now used for lgbt pride). Later on I had my last tattoo done which quotes, 'Hope will never be silent' by Harvey Milk." — Cujo Herz

    14. "Although the I have a giant love-hate relationship with Glee, I found a kindred spirit in Kurt."

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    "I have a shooting star with a rainbow tail that didn’t really have a meaning until I admitted to myself that I’m bi(4 years after I got it). Although the I have a giant love-hate relationship with Glee, I found a kindred spirit in Kurt. I decided to get “courage” in the exact font from his locker as a reminder to be open and honest with others when I’m scared." — desireep4f89dab91

    15. "We really just need to come together and be loving and supportive to one another no matter our differences."

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    "To me it signifies me peeling back my shell (skin) and being able to show who i really am meaning when i came out. It also says we the people because sometimes we forget that were all dealing with struggles and issues in this country and we get to focus on hateful or depressing matters when we really just need to come together and be loving and supportive to one another no matter our differences." — Aaron Tune via Facebook

    16. "The stick figure idea came to me, when I saw a drawing of stick figures holding hands."

    Facebook: brenna.landron

    "It was my very first tattoo, and my girlfriend at the time got a matching one on her thigh. I had always wanted a "Whatever Makes You Happy" tattoo. The stick figure idea came to me, when I saw a drawing of stick figures holding hands. That girlfriend and I, were together for about five years before it ended. After we split up, I went in to get "my boys" done on my other hip." — Brenna Landron via Facebook

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