With Pride celebrations kicking off in June within the U.S. and different international locations, we took a take a look at some LGBTQ Pride flags and the meanings behind them.
The rainbow flag, seen first within the gallery above, was designed by Gilbert Baker for the 1978 San Francisco’s Gay Freedom Celebration. “In the original eight-color version, pink stood for sexuality, red for life, orange for healing, yellow for the sun, green for nature, turquoise for art, indigo for harmony and violet for the soul,” the web site of Amherst College in Massachusetts explains.
The flag was modified in 1979 by the organizers of the 1979 San Francisco Pride parade, who needed to “split the flag into two in order to decorate the two sides of the parade route,” in response to Virginia’s Old Dominion University web site.
“To achieve this, they needed an even number of stripes, so the turquoise stripe was dropped, which resulted in a six stripe version of the flag we know today — red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet,” the web site provides.
The Old Dominion University notes: “There have been various iterations of the lesbian flag since one was first introduced in the 1990s.” The newest model of the lesbian flag was created by Emily Gwen in 2018, and includes the seven stripes from a previous version (the lipstick flag).
The darkish orange represents gender non-conformity and the orange denotes butch lesbians, whereas the sunshine orange symbolizes group.
The white portion of the flag represents the “unique relationships to womanhood,” whereas pink marks serenity and peace and the darkish rose shade represents femininity, the University of California, Santa Barbara website says.
Designed by Monica Helms, the transgender flag was first proven at a pleasure parade in Phoenix, Arizona in 2000. The blue stripes signify the normal coloration for child boys, whereas the pink symbolizes the normal coloration for women. The white middle signify “those who are transitioning, who feel they have a neutral gender or no gender, and those who are intersex,” the Amherst College website explains.
The bisexual flag was designed by Michael Page and first unveiled in December 1998. According to Page: “The pink color represents sexual attraction to the same sex only (gay and lesbian). The blue represents sexual attraction to the opposite sex only (straight) and the resultant overlap color purple represents sexual attraction to both sexes (bi).”
The asexual flag was created by the Asexual Asexual Visibility and Education Network (AVEN) in 2010. The black stripe represents asexuality, while the grey stripe the grey area between sexual and asexual. The white symbolizes sexuality and the purple stripe represents community.
The non-binary flag was created by Kye Rowan in 2014. The yellow represents those that determine outdoors of the gender binary, whereas the white represents non-binary individuals with a number of genders. The purple coloration symbolizes a combination of each male and feminine gender, whereas black represents “agender individuals,” the University of California, Santa Barbara says.
The genderqueer flag was launched in 2011 and created by Marilyn Roxie. It includes a lavender strip on the prime “as it is a mixture of blue and pink, traditional colors associated with men and women, in order to represent androgyny,” the Amherst College website says.
“The lavender also represents the queer identity, as it has long been a color associated with the LGBT community. In the center is a white stripe, meant to represent a gender or gender neutral identity. Finally, there is the dark chartreuse green, as the inverse of lavender, it is used to represent third gender identities and all those who identify off the traditional gender spectrum,” the website notes.
Its flag represents “the fluctuations and flexibility of gender in gender fluid people,” the Amherst College website explains.
The pink stripe symbolizes femininity or feeling female and the blue represents masculinity or feeling male, while the white stripe represents the lack of gender. Purple denotes “a combination of masculinity and femininity including various degrees of androgyny,” whereas the black stripe represents “all other gender, third genders, and pangender,” the website says.
Created in 2010, the pansexual pleasure flag options the colours pink, yellow and blue. The pink symbolizes attraction to those that determine as feminine, whereas blue marks attraction to those that determine as male.
The yellow represents “attraction to those who idenify as genderqueer, non-binary, agender, androgynous, or anyone who doesn’t idenfity on the male-female binary,” the University of California, Santa Barbara says.
Launched in 2012, the polysexual flag options three colours, with pink representing attraction to those that determine as feminine, blue representing attraction to those that determine as male. The inexperienced symbolizes attraction to non-binary individuals, reminiscent of a gender bigender or gender fluid individual, the Amherst College website says.
The Old Dominion University web site says: “Polysexual (sometimes spelled Polisexual or Plysexual) is a sexuality defined by the attraction to many genders, but not necessarily all. A polysexual person may, for example, be attracted to all genders except for men. Polysexuality should not be confused with polyamory, the capacity to be in a relationship with multiple people at once.”
Created by Jim Evans in 1995, the polyamorous flag options 4 colours and the Greek lowercase letter “pi,” which represents the primary letter of the world “polyamory.”
The blue symbolizes “openness and honesty of all parties involved in the relationships,” whereas the pink denotes love and ardour.
Black represents “solidarity with those who must hide their polyamorous relationships from the outside world,” whereas gold marks “the value that placed on the emotional attachment to others, whether platonic or romantic,” the University of California, Santa Barbara explains.
The aromantic (usually shortened to aro) refers to an individual who “does not experience romantic attraction. Romantic attraction is defined as the desire to be in a romantic relationship and/or do romantic acts with a specific person,” the Old Dominion University website says.
The aromantic flag options 5 stripes, with the “dark green and light green representing aro-spec identifies, white representing friendship, and grey and black representing the spectrum of sexual identifies in the aromantic community,” the web site provides.
The Old Dominion University web site explains: “A demisexual person does not experience sexual attraction until they have formed a strong emotional connection with a prospective partner. The definition of ’emotional bond’ varies from person to person.
In the demisexual flag, “the black chevron represents asexuality, grey represents grey asexuality and demisexuality, white represents sexuality, and purple represents group,” the web site says.