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Around the world, the LGBT community celebrates in environments ranging from welcoming to tolerant to violently hostile. Many cities stage gay pride parades on or around June 28, the anniversary of New York's Stonewall Inn uprising in 1969 -- what many consider the beginning of the gay rights movement. New York enjoyed its parade this year on June 26, a celebration given added spirit with the legalization of gay marriage in New York state two days earlier. Some communities in the world still meet with resistance, with activists assaulted and arrested in Russian cities, and an Indian health minister describing homosexuality as a "disease" three days after the New Delhi pride parade on July 2. Collected here are photographs of people celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered pride around the world.

The Big Picture offers special thanks to Charles Meacham for making his photographs available. -- Lane Turner (43 photos total)


People take part in the gay pride parade on Istiklal Avenue in Istanbul on June 26, 2011. (Mustafa Ozer/AFP/Getty Images)

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Rule 63 is an internet adage which states that for every fictional character, there exists a counterpart in opposite gender. It is often considered part of the Anonymous decorum known as “Rules of the Internet” along with other well-known sayings like Rule 1 & 2 and Rule 34.

A: For every given male character, there is a female version of that character.
B: For every given female character, there is a male version of that character.

Origin

Rule 63 was first introduced as part of the expanded edition of Anonymous’ Rules of the Internet, which was most likely published in mid-2007 (based on Google Insights results).

The Urban Dictionary1 entry for “Rule 63” was first submitted by user InternetHateMachine on August 8th, 2007.

Spread

Although Rule 63 is still dwarfed in search interest by the most successful of the “Internet Rules”, Rule 34, it has been consistently growing in popularity with every month.

Earliest instance of Rule 63 on DeviantArt was submitted by user Xxescaped-vulpinexX on December 12th, 2009. As of May 2009, there are over one thousand instances of “gender-bending” artworks tagged with Rule 63.

In late 2009, a Danbooru-style imageboard site Rule 632 was launched. As of April 26th, 2011, the site has amassed over 19,968 pictures which translates into over 264 pages of images. According to the tags, the three most popular subjects for Rule 63 illustrations are Axis Power’s Hetalia, Team Fortress 2, and Nintedo characters. As of May 9th, 2011, the site is temporarily out of service.

The existence of Rule 63 could be attributed to similar themes explored by other rules like Rule 28 (Always question a person’s gender, just in case it’s really a man"), Rule 34 (There is porn of it; no exception) and Rule 35 (If no porn is found at the moment, it will be made). Such gender-bending art has been also observed in the realms of Alternative Universe and Trap artworks.

Notable Examples

Exceptions

It is important to point out, however, that the rule only applies to fictional characters, and not to real people. However, this does not necessarily mean that there cannot Rule 63 art of real people, which in fact does exist. Also, canonical instances of a genderbended character do not count as Rule 63, whether the alternate gender version of the character is the actual character or the gender counterpart of a character.

According to Urban Dictionary the only exceptions are that “A: the male character is already so androgynous that a female version would be basically the same, or B: the female version hasn’t been drawn yet”1.

External References

1 Urban Dictionary – Rule 63

2 Paheal.net – Rule 63 Warning: NSFW

3 DeviantArt – Rule 63 and That Other One

4 DeviantArt – Search Results for Rule 63

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