If you’ve ever been to an LGBTQQIA+ PRIDE event, you have doubtless observed a rainbow flag fluttering in the breeze. But is the rainbow the only symbolic flag for LGBTQQIA+ people? Absolutely not, there are a few others that stand for many sexual identities. This is my attempt to outline some of the most popular.
‘Fun with Flags’ - the Traditional Rainbow Flag of the Gay Pride Movement
The rainbow flag most closely aligned with the gay community (at large) was originally designed by Gilbert Baker in 1978, and contained 8 stripes. Over time this has evolved into the standard 6-stripe primary color version that is most popular, and seen world-wide. This is, obviously, the most recognizable symbol of LGBT pride.
Did you know, that the colors mean something? Of course they do! In the original 8 stripe version, Baker assigned specific meaning to each color, which includes (6 stripe version in bold);
Hot Pink; Sexuality
Individual Sexualities also have their own flags/colors too!!
In 1998, Michael Page designed the Bisexual Pride Flag, to represent bisexuals as a distinct sexuality. He designed the flag to represent the interests of the bisexual community, specifically, their sexual attraction to both genders. He stated that the Pink part represents same-sex attraction, the blue represents opposite-sex attraction, and the purple is the overlap/combo of the two colors, representing the attraction to both genders.
There is a Pansexual Pride Flag, but it is not attributable to a single source for design. Instead, it has simply arrived in the pride movement since mid-2010 online. The colors, again, mean; pink - those who identify with the female spectrum; blue - those who identify with the male spectrum; and yellow - those who identify with non-binary gender expression (e.g. androgyny, agender, bigender, genderfluid, trans*, etc.).
Asexual people have also developed a flag to represent themselves at Pride events, and anywhere they would like to have a visual representation. The Asexual Visibility and Education Network (AVEN) is responsible for the design, and was generated in 2010 - a relative newcomer to the field.
…. Now, you may be wondering - what about Trans* people? What about GenderQueer, etc? Well, I purposefully did not discuss those identities in this post, because they are not sexual attraction identities, but rather gender identities, which is an entirely different component to a person’s make up. However, keep checking - maybe that will be in a future post!
So, did I miss any? Let me know!
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