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LGBTQ+: MORE Than Just a Rainbow Flag

Updated: Aug 23, 2021

Every June we see rainbows all over social media, billboards, and businesses. This is because June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month. Did you know that there are actually more than one flags that represent the LGBTQ+ community? Take some time and learn! Your LGBTQ+ friends will appreciate you learning about THEIR culture.

Lesbian Pride

A new lesbian flag model was introduced in 2018. The colors include:

Dark Orange: Gender Nonconformity

Orange: Independence

Light Orange: Community

White: Unique Relationships to Womanhood

Pink: Serenity and Peace

Dusty Pink: Love and Sex

Dark Rose: Femininity

Bisexual Pride

Introduced on December 5, 1998, the bisexual pride flag was developed to increase visibility of bisexuals in the LGBT community.

The meaning of the colors are:

Pink: Sexual attraction to the same sex only (gay/lesbian)

Blue: Sexual attraction to the opposite sex only (straight) Purple, the result of the pink and blue overlapping: Sexual attraction to both sexes (bi)

Transgender Pride

The Transgender Pride Flag was designed by transgender woman Monica Helms in 1999. The meaning of the flags colorings as follows:

Light Blue - The traditional color for baby boys

Pink- The traditional color for baby girls

White- Nonbinary

The pattern is such that no matter which way you fly it, it is always correct, signifying us finding correctness in our lives.

Non-Binary Pride

The non-binary flag was created in 2014 by activist Kye Rowan. Each stripe color represents different types of non-binary identities:

Yellow: People who identify outside of the gender binary

White: People with multiple genders

Purple: Those with a mix of both male/female genders

Black: Agender individuals.

Intersex Pride

In 2013, Morgan Carpenter, of Intersex Human Rights, created the intersex flag. Intersex Human Rights describes the circle as "unbroken and unornamented, symbolizing wholeness and completeness, and our potentialities. We are still fighting for bodily autonomy and genital integrity, and this symbolizes the right to be who and how we want to be".

Pansexual Pride

The pansexual pride flag developed in 2010. It has three horizontal bars that are pink, yellow, and blue.

Pink: Being attracted to women

Blue: Being attracted to men

Yellow: Being attracted to everyone else.

(such as non-binary gender, agender, bigender or genderfluid)

Asexual Pride

The asexual pride flag was created in August 2010.

The colors represent the following:

Blac: Asexuality

Gray: Gray-asexuals and demisexuals

White: Allies

Purple: Community

Gender Fluid Pride

The gender-fluid pride flag was created in 2012.

This flag features 5 different colors to encompass the meaning of gender fluidity.

Pink: Femininity

White: All Genders

Purple: Mixture of Femininity and Masculinity

Black: Lack of Gender

Blue: Masculinity

Aromantic Pride

The aromantic pride flag has five stripes each signifying something about the aromantic identity.

Green: Aromanticism

Light Green: The Aromantic Spectrum

White: Aesthetic Attraction

Gray: Gray-Aromantic and Demiromantic People

Black: The Sexuality Spectrum

Straight Ally Pride

The straight ally pride flag was designed in the early 2000s. The flag consists of black and white stripes, representing straight and cisgender individuals. The classic LGBTQ pride colors are shown in the letter ‘A’ written in the middle of the flag. This letter represents the word ally.

Progress Pride

In June 2018, Daniel Quasar released a redesign of the classic LGBTQ flag that incorporates elements from the trans pride flag. This new flag includes a chevron that features black, brown, light blue, pink, and white stripes to bring those communities to the forefront. “The arrow points to the right to show forward movement while being along the left edge shows that progress still needs to be made."

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