INSIDE THE BLACK TRIANGLE
The black triangle was used in Nazi German to categorize atypical behavior, which included queer women. In the 1960’s and 1970’s lesbians and feminists reclaimed the symbol as a sign of solidarity and pride. ITBT has grown into a community in which women support each other and find inspiration.Inside the Black Triangle was created with the intention to share the struggles, joy, heartbreak, confusion and diverse experiences of queer women living in a heteronormative world. Sharing stories leads to relatability, compassion and hopefully acceptance. Not only is empathy necessary outside the LGBTQ community, but now more than ever, equality is needed within the community.
Personal observations have led Rachael Zimmerman to the conclusion that queer women are mimicking the gender hierarchy. Butch and androgynous women are thought to be more prestigious, while feminine women are less
than. Not only do feminine women find themselves defending their sexuality to heterosexuals, but they are often forced to prove themselves to their own community. After meeting with over 60 women Rachael also noticed that the queer community conforms to the race hierarchy. Often times the community is segregated into different races and nationalities. Acceptance and equality starts from within. Inside the Black Triangle has grown into a community in which women support each other and find inspiration to live authentic lives.