Pride is in full swing for the month of June so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for anything and everything rainbow! The rainbow flag is known as the LGBTQ pride flag and it is the most commonly recognized. It was created in 1978 by artist Gilbert Baker and it consists of 6 stripes in red, orange, yellow, blue, green and violet! The rainbow flag is the most unifying symbol of the LGBTQ community but there are also many other flags within the community!
Let’s take a look at what those flags are and what they mean!
The transgender flag is gaining more recognition and represents the transgender community! It was created by a trans woman, Monica Helmes in 1999 and the colors are meant to represent the traditional baby boy and baby girl colors; light blue and light pink. The white stripe in the middle represents those who are intersex, transitioning, thinking of transitioning or those with a neutral or undefined gender.
The bisexual pride flag was designed by Michael Page in 1998. Page’s aim was to increase visibility for bisexuals in the LGBTQ community. The Williams Institute and HRC Foundation reported that bisexual population is the single largest in the LGBTQ community. As for the flag, the pink represents same-sex attraction, the blue represents opposite-sex attraction and the purple is the overlap of the two.
The intersex flag was created by the Organization Intersex International Australia in 2013. The organization aimed to create a flag without the traditional, gendered pink and blue colors. Intersex people identify as those who do not exhibit all characteristics of a male or female or exhibit a combination of both at birth.
The pansexual flag is pink yellow and blue. Pink for women, blue for men and yellow for those of non-binary gender such as agender, genderfluid or bigender.
The asexual pride flag consists of 4 horizontal stripes in black, grey, white and purple. Asexual means having little to no sexual attraction to others. Black is for straight-up asexual, grey is for grey-asexuality, white is for nonsexual partners and purple is for the asexual community.
The genderqueer flag was designed in 2011 by Marilyn Roxie. The lavender represents androgynous and androgyny it also represents queerness that has been associated with the gay, lesbian and bisexual community. The white represents agender or gender neutral individuals. The green color represents a third gender identity.
Nonbinary is for those that don’t identify as a man or woman. It’s also for those who identify as more masculine or more feminine on the scale.
Genderfluid are those who don’t identify with a fixed gender and for those with a gender that varies.
Be sure to look out for these flags when you’re celebrating Pride this month! Everyone at Pride deserves support and especially those who identify with these flags!