LGBTQIA+ Pride flags are colorful and meaningful! Here’s what each one represents.
It’s true that lots of people associate the rainbow flag with the LGBTQIA+ community, but there are so many others that people connect with too. These flags represent, awareness, acceptance, pride, and joy.
1. Original Rainbow
Harvey Milk, the first openly gay official in California, challenged the activist Gilbert Baker to design a symbol of hope for all the gay community. This original design had eight stripes, and it also included the color pink. Baker wanted to create “something that was positive and celebrated love”. The colors have different meanings:
- Pink: Sex
- Red: Life
- Orange: Healing
- Yellow: Sunlight
- Green: Nature
- Turquoise: Magic
- Blue: Harmony
- Violet: Spirit
2. Philadelphia People of Color Inclusive Flag
The city of Philadelphia redesigned its flag in 2017, adding brown and black at the top. Their mission was to promote diversity, inclusion, and honor the lives of queer people of color in the LGBTQ+ community. This was all part of a new inclusivity campaign called #MoreColorMorePride
3. Progress Rainbow Flag
This flag was designed by Daniel Quasar in 2018, it takes inclusion even further, emphasizing five colors. This flag includes black, brown, and also represents the Transgender community with the baby blue, pink, and white.
4. Bisexual Flag
Michael Page introduced this flag in 1998. His goal was to spotlight bisexual people within the LGBTQ+ community. It features three different colors:
- Pink: same-sex attraction
- Purple: attraction to both sexes
- Blue: attraction only to the opposite sex
5. Trans Flag
Monica Helms, a transgender activist made this flag back in 1999. Light blue and pink represent boys and girls. White stands for intersex, and for those who are transitioning or have a neutral/undefined gender.
6. Pansexual Flag
This flag, created in 2010, was made to distinguish pansexuality from bisexuality, and it represents an interest in all genders.
- Pink: women
- Blue: men
- Yellow: nonbinary attraction
7. Asexual Flag
Asexuality is defined by a lack of sexual attraction. This flag was created back in 2010 in order to bring attention and awareness to this community.
- Black: Asexuality
- Gray: Gray asexuality and demisexuality (no sexual attraction, unless there is a strong emotional bond)
- White: Sexuality
- Purple: Community
8. Genderqueer Flag
This flag created by Marylin Roxie in 2011, represents those people identifying themselves outside the gender binary.
- Lavender: Androgyny
- White: Agender
- Green: Non-binary people
9. Lesbian Flag
The original lesbian flag had a red kiss mark on the left corner, but in 2018 this new version introduced more colors that represent the following:
- Dark Orange: Gender non-conformity
- Middle Orange: Independence
- Light Orange: Community
- White: Unique relationships to womanhood
- Light Pink: Serenity and peace
- Mid Pink: Love and sex
- Dark Pink: Femininity
10: Non-Binary Flag
This flag created in 2014 by Kye Rowan, represents the non -binary people.
- Yellow: Genders outside of the gender binary.
- White: People who identify with many, or all genders.
- Purple: Genders that identify as a male and female mix.
- Black: People who have no gender.