We’ve come a long way. Despite certain political advances, my generation (millennials and gen z) manage to showcase a relentless effort to ensure that everyone is heard, welcomed and accepted.
Queer Pride Flags represent a sense of community and inclusivity. When it comes to learning about Queer Pride flags there are two main people you should probably know.
1. Harvey Milk: Challenged Gilbert Baker to create a symbol of Pride for the gay community in the 1970s
2. Gilbert Baker: Created the original Pride Flag. Once famously said “[Queer people] need something that was positive, that celebrated our love.”
Here is your complete guide to Queer Pride Flags.
1.The LGBTQ+ Flag
Everyone recognises this flag. Gilbert Baker (remember him ^) made the flag in order to help Queer people feel like they belong to a community.
Here is a list of what all of the colours represent:
This flag was created by Michael Page in 1998 and clearly shows two stereotypically feminine and masculine colours merging into one another in order to make purple. The main aim of this flag was to help bisexual people establish their own identity.
The pansexual flag was created in 2010. It’s important to note that this flag is different from the bisexual flag because each colour represents a pansexual individual’s interest in all genders as partners, for example:
Pink: People on the female-spectrum
Yellow: Non-binary and gender non-conforming people
Blue: People on the male-spectrum
Asexuality is commonly used to describe someone doesn’t feel any sexual attraction.
Many leaders such as Asexual Visibility and Education Network created an asexual flag in 2010. Every colour used in this flag has a meaning, for example:
Grey: Asexuality and demi-sexuality (An individual that cannot experience sexual connection without establishing an emotional connection first)
White: Non-asexual partners
Purple: Represents the community
The transgender flag was created by a transgender woman called Monica Helms in 1999. The transgender flag could be seen as a concept because the flag represents a journey. For example, Helms stated that “the stripes at the top and bottom are light blue which is the traditional colour for baby boys. The stripes next to them are pink because that’s the traditional colour for baby girls”.
Light Blue: Stereotypically considered to be the colour for baby boys
Light Pink: Stereotypically considered to be the colour for girls
White: People that are either transitioning or intersex. It could also represent people that consider themselves as neutral or having an undefined gender.
This flag was created by JJ Poole in 2012.
Here’s what each stripe represents:
Purple: Femininity and masculinity
Black: Lack of gender
White: All Genders
Polysexual is when you are attracted to multiple or many genders but not all (unlike Pansexuality.)
The Polysexual flag is similar to the pansexual flag the only difference is that the yellow is replaced with green.
The non-binary flag was made by Kye Rowan, a seventeen-year-old activist in 2014.
The colours on this flag convey the following:
Yellow: Represents gender that exists outside of and with no reference to the binary
White: People that identify with many or all genders
Purple: People that identify with both genders
Black: People that don’t use gender to identify themselves
9. Agender Flag
Agender: often used by a person that does not identify themselves through a particular gender. This flag was created by Salem X in 2014.
This is what the colours represent:
Black and white stripes: Convey the absence of gender
Grey: Represents someone that identifies as semi-genderless
Green: Non-binary gender
10.Intersex flag Flag
This flag was created in 2013 by Morgan Carpenter and the circle represents wholeness and simplicity. Carpenter believes this flag represents “the right to be who and how we want to be”
11. Genderqueer Flag
Each colour on this flag represents different Genderqueer identities:
The lavender is used to represent mixing traditional male and female colours together in order to create lavender.
Marilyn Roxie chose lavender because this colour represents androgynes and androgyny.
White represents agender identity and the dark green is for those who identify with a third gender and not to the binary.
12.People of colour-inclusive Flag
This flag was created to celebrate Queer people of colour in 2017. The flag has additional black and brown strips on the top of the LGBTQ+ flag to indicate inclusivity.
Each flag has so much history and love that hopefully this complete guide to queer pride flags has helped you gain some more clarity on Queer Pride flags and what they represent.
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