When I was designing these marks a year ago, I wanted to acknowledge GLBTQI military persons serving under the unjust policy of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. To accomplish this, one of the counterforms in each of the military branch logos is flipped upside down creating the GLBTQI symbol of an inverted triangle.
On September 20th, 2011, the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy was repealed.
Before the repeal, the simple act of wearing a t-shirt with one of these logos on it would have been an act of defiance and resistance. Today that same mark serves as a celebration of this significant step toward social justice being realized for GLBTQI citizens.
Phipps, Vickie R.
Catalyst: A Social Justice Forum: Vol. 1
, Article 10.
Available at: https://trace.tennessee.edu/catalyst/vol1/iss1/10