Wearing Orange Draws Attention

“If you want to get noticed without screaming, consider wearing the color orange…”

Did you know orange was the official color used for last year’s campaign against disengagement in Israel? There was even a rule against wearing orange while praying at the Western Wall.

And gay rights groups have advocated the wearing of orange in support of gay rights. It appears this started back in 1999 (or was it ’93?), when the organizing committee of the New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade refused permission for the Irish Lesbian and Gay Organization (“ILGO”) to march up Fifth Avenue in the parade. Protestors of this decision wore orange that day.

Somehow, I have missed all this symbolic use of the color orange.

Interestingly, back in 2002, Chief Justice Rehnquist of the Supreme Court was reportedly troubled when Roopa Singh, a broadcast intern working at the court, was spied wearing a deep orange scarf tied in a coiled bun at the nape of her neck. It seems wearing hats in court is against the rules at the Supreme Court, unless it’s for religious or medical reasons. And her headwrap qualified as a hat, apparently. No, she wasn’t wearing it for religious reasons. Yes, she removed it. And yes, she was cranky about it.

I bet the color didn’t help.

(Pic? From Forget Me Not Kids)


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