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The Red awareness ribbon was originally created by the New York Visual AIDS Artist Caucus in 1991. AIDS Activists were inspired by using a ribbon. Red is the color of passion and became the color representative of AIDS. Jeremy Irons wore a red awareness ribbon during the Tony Awards, making the ribbon an instant eyecatcher. 1992 was declared by the New York Times as “The year of the ribbon”

The Orange awareness ribbon has been oficially registered with the U.S. patent and Trademark office as the Animal Guardian Ribbon, and as such raises awareness of at-risk animals.

The Yellow awareness ribbon was the first ribbon used for awareness. Originally mentioned for centuries, afterwards in a military marching song. The theme always revolves around someone waiting for a beloved one to return. The yellow awareness ribbon later became famous in the 1970’s, when the wife of a hostage in Iran began to tie yellow ribbons around trees to create awareness for the safe return of her husband. Others emulated her actions. Since then, the “ribbon became the medium”.

Green awareness ribbons are mainly used to create awareness for medical conditions.The “philanthropic green ribbon” was created in Puerto Rico by the Puerto Rico Community Foundation.

Blue awareness ribbons are used as a symbol against child abuse. It started in the spring of 1989 when a grandmother of Virginia tied a blue ribbon to her car antenna as a tribute to her grandson, who died at the hands of an abusive father. Blue symbolizes the color of bruises.

Purple awareness ribbons create awareness for a variety of causes. One of the most notable is to create awareness against domestic violence, and animal abuse.

Black awareness ribbons are mainly displayed as a sign of mourning. It is also used to create awareness of melanoma.

Brown awareness ribbons are mainly used for colorectal cancer awareness as well as colon cancer and anti-tobacco.

White Awareness ribbons have been used as the badge of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union since 1873.

Pink awareness ribbons were first handed out in the fall of 1991 in New York City by the Susan G. Komen Foundation to participants in a race for breast cancer survivors. It was adopted as the national symbol of breast Cancer Awareness the following year.

Rainbow ribbons were first used in 1986 at an open conference on AIDS.



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