The pride flag we see everywhere is not the only pride flag we have. There are a lot of gay pride flags that already exist and have their own meaning. The traditional rainbow flag is universally recognizable but other flags represent people from the spectrum and gender.
Take an example of the United States, just like the US has its own flag other states like Texas, New York have their own flags, Individual state flags. Same, you can have different flags for gender identity or sexual orientation.
“It’s a coalition of different identities across axes of identity, orientation, expression, sexual desire, and romantic desire,” says Hannah Simpson, an LGBTQ+ writer, and activist.
Gilbert Baker Pride Flag
In 1974 in San Francisco an activist, artist and openly gay veteran name, Gilbert Baker meets another fellow activist and future politician name Harvey Milk. After three years, Harvey challenged Gilbert to create something which reverent the gay community, and there it was the first LGBTQ flag and all the colors are chosen from the rainbow, a symbol of hope.
- Pink- Sex
- Violet- Spirit
- Blue- Harmony
- Turquoise- Magic
- Green- Nature
These are the meaning of the flag and represent the LGBTQ community.
Asexual Pride Flag
The flag came in July 2010, when the Asexual Visibility and Education Network decided to come together and decided to go through three polls and announced that this is the price flag for all Aces.
Asexual folks are those who experience no or very little less sexual attraction. So, their flag has four different colors and that color represents:
- Purple- Community
- White- Non-sexual partners and allies
- Gray- Gray asexuality and demisexuality
- Black- Asexuality
Pansexual Pride Flag
Pansexual folks are attracted to people regardless of their sex or gender. In order to increase their visibility and how they are different from the bisexual community, they got their own flag in 2010. The colors on their flag represent the attraction. For different gender, so:
- Blue- Male
- Yellow- Genderqueer
Agender Pride Flag
Agender folks don’t identify with any gender. The agender flag was introduced in 2014. So, here are color of the flag represents:
- Black and white- represents an absence of gender
- Green- Non-binary genders
- Gray- Semi- genderless
Transgender Pride Flag
In 1999 Monica Helms created the transgender Pride flag and after a year it was introduced in the Pride parade in Phoenix. So, here all the colors of the flag are traditional colors for boys and girls.
- Light blue and Pink- Boy and girl
- White- Gender neutral or no gender
Bisexual Pride Flag
Bisexual folks are those who are attracted to both men and women but some people also say that it is an attraction to more than one gender, but not all. Furthermore, the bisexual flag was created by an activist, Michael Page. The color represents attraction to:
- Pink- Same-sex
- Purple- Both sex
- Blue- Opposite sex
Lesbian Pride flag
A Lesbian is a female who is attracted to another female. The flag was introduced in 2010 created by Natalie McCray. The original flag has a red kiss mark on the top left corner. Also, many people still use that flag as it represents lipstick lesbian or feminine. The color of the flag represents:
- Dark orange- Gender nonconforming
- Middle orange- Independence
- White- Womanhood and Unique relationship
- Light pink- Peace and serenity
- Dark pink- Femininity
Non- Binary Pride Flag
The flag was created in 2014 by Kye Rowan. Nonbinary folks are those who don’t fit in the basic gender identity that is male and female. The colors of the flag represent:
- Yellow- whose gender falls out the binary
- White- People with all many or all genders
- Purple- Falls somewhere male or female
- Black- Without gender
Intersexual Pride Flag
Intersex is an umbrella term for those who do not align with any gender binary. Some people can have both sets of genitals and different or various sets of chromosomes. The intersex flag was created by Morgan Carpenter and introduced in 2013. The color of the flag represents:
- Yellow or gold- The representation of this color is inspired by a story of an individual in Mani Mitchell. It reclaims the slur which is used against the community ‘hermaphrodite’.
- Purple- Whole and complete and unbroken
Gender-fluid Pride Flag
Gender fluid folks do not identify with one gender rather they shift from one gender to another. Like one day they feel like a boy, another day a girl. It all depends on them. The gender-fluid flag was created by J.J Poole in 2012. So, the color of the flag represents:
- Pink- femininity
- White- all genders
- Purple- masculine and feminine
- Blue- Masculinity
Gender Queer Pride Flag
Genderqueer are those folks who don’t conform to society’s idea of how one should behave air act just based on their gender which assigned them to their birth. The genderqueer flag was introduced in 2011 and created by Marilyn Roxie. The color of the flag represents:
- Lavender- Androgyny
- White- Agender
- Green- Non- binary folks
Inclusive Pride Flag
The flag was created by Daniel Quasar in 2018. The flag combines the beautiful stripes of the traditional flag and has a black and brown triangle on the left side which also includes the trans flag. It is also called progressive or Philadelphia flag.
Other flags that you should know
- Polyamorous Pride flag
- Two-Spirit Pride flag
- Bear Brotherhood Flag
- Leather flag
- Ally Pride flag
Somewhere over the rainbow, there is much to see. So, there is so much to learn about the community and this is a step towards it. So, keep learning! And here are all the pride flags whom you should know about and what they really represent.