The Art of LGBTQ+ Flags

Christina Marando June 14 2021

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This Pride month, take some time to learn about the symbolism behind different pride flags.

Pride month is here! While this is a time for fun and celebration, it’s also important to take the opportunity to learn a bit more about LGBTQ+ history. To show our support and take part in the festivities, we here at Bidgala have put together a list of 5 LGBTQ+ flags to teach you a thing or two. Each of these flags is a significant piece of art that carries important symbolism for the group that it represents. Keep in mind that there is a large and diverse list of different flags. This list is just a small sample of the beautiful diversity that the LGBTQ+ community has to offer.

#1 Daniel Quasar’s Rainbow Flag Redesign

This flag is meant to be a more inclusive redesign of the original rainbow pride flag. Graphic designer Daniel Quasar developed this new flag in 2018. It includes the original 6 color rainbow, but also adds 4 new colors that form an arrow shape on the left side. Quasar states that the intention of the flag was to promote “inclusion and progression” within the community. The brown and black stripes represent LGBTQ+ communities of color, who are often further marginalized as a result of their race. The blue and pink stripes are incorporated from the Transgender pride flag. The stripes form an arrow to symbolize forward progression. This flag highlights important issues in the community that need to be addressed in order to keep moving forward[1].

#2 2018 Lesbian Pride Flag

While there is no official agreed upon lesbian pride flag, this flag created by Emily Gwen in 2018 has gained a lot of popularity and traction within the lesbian community. Each color of the flag represents a significant part of the lesbian community:

  • Dark orange: Represents gender nonconformity
  • Orange: Represents independence
  • Light Orange: Represents community
  • White: Represents unique relationships to womanhood
  • Pink: Represents serenity and peace
  • Light purple: Represents love and sex
  • Fuchsia: Represents femininity

Multiple iterations of this flag exist, but most use similar colors to represents the ideals and identity of the lesbian community[2].

#3 Asexual Pride Flag

The Asexual pride flag was created in 2010 after a community effort by multiple asexual support groups to try and create a flag. They ended up settling on the colors black, grey, white, and purple. Each stripe represents a relevent facet of the Asexual community:

  • Black: Represents lack of sexual attraction
  • Grey: Represents the grey area between being sexual and asexual
  • White: Represents sexuality, as being asexual is a valid sexual identity
  • Purple: Represents community and solidarity.

The Asexual community is often unfortunately forgotten about in discussions regarding LGBTQ+ issues. This flag is a reminder that they are an important part of the community and a valid sexual identity [4].

#4 Transgender Pride Flag

Created in 1999 by open Trans woman Monica Helms, this flag is used to represent Transgender pride and identity. As with the other flags, each stripe has symbolic meaning:

  • Light blue: Helms chose this color because it typically is associated with baby boys
  • Light pink: Helms chose this color because it is typically associated with baby girls
  • White: Represents intersex, transitioning, neutral, or undefined gender.

Helms also made the decision to make the flag symmetrical no matter how you display it. She said that this was so “the flag is always facing the correct direction”, which symbolizes trans people finding “correctness” within their lives [4].

#5 Bisexual Pride Flag

Created by Micheal Page in 1998, this iteration of the bisexual flag is the most popular and commonly used. The colors of the flag each represent the types of attraction experienced by the bisexual community:

  • Pink: Represents attraction to the same sex
  • Blue: Represents attraction to the opposite sex
  • Purple: Represents attraction to more than one gender[4]

This Pride, make sure to take some time to learn about some of the diverse sexual identities that exist. We here at Bidgala hope that this list has been informative to you, and we hope that it has encouraged you to get involved with the LGBTQ+ community this Pride month, and all year around.

Reference:

[1]Daniel Quasar redesigns LGBT Rainbow Flag to be more Inclusive

[2]LGBTQIA+ Flags and Symbols

[3]Emily Gwen’s Twitter Account

[4]Flags of the LGBTIQ Community

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Sam replied 1 year, 7 months ago So informative! Thank you for this wonderful piece
anastasia_koutso1260 replied 1 year, 7 months ago Yessss! I didn't know about most of these flags, thanks for sharing!