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Compromised re Abel Danger Research: Pink Triangles and Rainbow Colors - 'We're All Equal Now' - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights - LGBT

Source: the guardian

John Bercow unveils new coat of arms
Speaker's heraldic includes pink triangles and rainbow colours to highlight role in lesbian, gay and transgender rights

Nicholas Watt
Monday 28 November 2011

House of Commons speaker John Bercow's coat of arms. Photograph: House Of Commons/PA

Aristocrats will be choking on their port. John Bercow, the Commons Speaker, has included a series of pink triangles and rainbow colours on his new coat of arms to highlight his role in championing LGBT – lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender – rights.

The Speaker's heraldic was unveiled on Monday at the same time as an official portrait. The coat of arms, developed by the College of Arms, tells the story of Bercow's journey from humble beginnings as the son of a taxi driver to become the most senior commoner in the land. The coat of arms features a ladder to represent his journey upwards. It features four roundels to represent his interest in tennis. Scimitars represent Essex where Bercow went to university.

And then the motto that will have the gentlemen spluttering in White's. The motto – All Are Equal – is separated by four pink triangles. Rainbow colours at the end of the scroll represent the flag of equality. The Taxpayers' Alliance, a group calling for tax and spending cuts, said it was "excessive" in an era of austerity for the Speaker to spend tens of thousands of pounds on a "vanity portrait". The official state portrait of Bercow, by Brendan Kelly, features him standing in front of the Speaker's chair issuing an instruction to MPs. Kelly said: "I wanted to capture the day to day reality of a Speaker mid-action at work in the Chamber. This meant black robes and a House of Commons tie, the iconic Speaker's chair prominent in the composition, books and papers on the shelves and the Speaker himself, shown animated in the midst of conducting the daily business of the House of Commons."

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