Happy Pride Month! Can you name all the pride flags? Here’s a look at many of them, from the original rainbow and lesbian to genderfluid and other sexual orientations and gender identities.
“The pride flags are a bold visual representation of the movement,” said Jessica Stern, executive director of OutRight Action International. “And rightly so, there are many, echoing the diversity of identities within the LGBTIQ community, and the need for everyone to be seen and recognized.”
Flying flags that celebrate each of the LGBTQ communities is first and foremost an act of visibility, Chris Hartman, director of the Kentucky Fairness Campaign, told the Courier Journal (which is part of the USA TODAY Network) in 2019. Hartman attributed the success civil rights movements. the visibility of a group within a community.
“We know that visibility is the key to acceptance and legal rights and changing hearts and minds,” Hartman said.
If you’re intrigued by a term listed here and think you could ask someone you love in the LGBTQ community to help you figure it out, do so. But also be careful not to place the burden of your education on other people when there is a vast world of resources.
LGBTQ Glossary: Definitions Every Good Ally Should Know
Here’s what each of these pride flags represents, many of which are detailed by LGBTQ human rights organization OutRight Action International and the University of Northern Colorado:
The universal symbol of pride for LGBTQ people around the world.
In the late 1970s, Harvey Milk, California’s first openly gay elected official, challenged activist Gilbert Baker to design a symbol of hope for the gay community. Baker’s original design featured eight stripes and included the color pink. It first flew in 1978. In the meantime, eight stripes became six, pink was removed, and royal blue replaced turquoise.
Philadelphia redesigned the pride flag in 2017 to include the colors brown and black in an effort to promote diversity and inclusion and “to honor the lives of our black and brown LGBTQ siblings,” the city said. in a press release. The Philadelphia LGBT Affairs Office has partnered with Tierney, a Philadelphia public relations agency, to redraw the flag as part of its new inclusion campaign, #MoreColorMorePride.
Designed by Daniel Quasar in 2018, it adds five new colors to highlight progress in inclusion. The flag features black and brown stripes to represent people of color, and baby blues, pinks and whites, which are used in the transgender pride flag.
While various iterations of the flag exist, this one created in 2018 by Emily Gwen features shades of orange, purple and pink.
Transgender activist Monica Helms made this flag in 1999. Light blue and light pink represent the traditionally designated colors for baby girls and boys at birth and white represents intersex, transition, or gender neutral / undefined. .
The bisexual pride flag, which activist Michael Page introduced in 1998, features pink (attraction to the same sex), purple (attraction to all or more genders) and royal blue (attraction only to the opposite sex. ).
The pink stripes on the pansexual flag refer to those who are attracted to women, while the blue refers to those who are attracted to men. Yellow represents non-binary attraction.
In the asexual pride flag, the black band is for asexuality; gray for the gray area between the sexual and the asexual and demisexuality; white for non-asexual partners and allies; and purple for the community. Asexuals or “aces” are people who do not generally feel sexually attracted to anyone.
The intersex flag features gender neutral colors yellow and purple. The circle “represents the wholeness, completeness and potential of intersex people,” according to the University of Northern Colorado. Intersex is an umbrella term for people with variations in sex characteristics that don’t match the male or female binary perfectly. Some intersex people are born with varying reproductive anatomy or sexual traits – some develop them later in life. About 1.7% of people are born intersex.
Kyle Rowan is behind the Non-Binary Pride Flag, released in 2014. Yellow is for those whose gender is outside of the traditional binary; white for people of all genders or multiple; purple for those who identify as a mixture of men and women; and black for those who have no sex.
The flag features five stripes, representing femininity (pink), masculinity (blue), purple (both), black (all genders) and white (no gender).
Directed in 2011 by genderqueer writer Marilyn Roxie. The colors are lavender (a combination of blue and pink, to represent androgyny), white (agender) and chartreuse (not in the binary genre).
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