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We have put together a list of some of the LGBTQ+ flags, where they came from and what they represent.
Keep reading to learn about the history of the flags and more.
Why are there different flags in the LGBTQ+ community?
There are numerous flags used in the LGBTQ+ community to represent various sexual orientations and preferences, gender identities, romantic orientation, and subcultures.
It embodies the many aspects of the LGBTQ+ community by having different flags that represent different things.
LGBTQ+ flags, like country flags, all have meaning. Each colour represents and means something different.
The history of the original LGBT flag
The “original” LGBT flag, also known as the rainbow flag or the pride flag, is a six-coloured striped flag with red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet.
The LGBT rainbow flag history dates back to 1978, when Gilbert Baker designed it, but it has since been modified.
Gilbert Baker became involved in the LGBT flag’s creation after meeting influential gay leader Harvey Milk, who challenged Baker to create a representative flag for the community.
Prior to the creation of the pride flag, the pink triangle (Trigger Warning) was used to represent the LGBT community. This symbol had a dark history, as Nazis used it to identify men as homosexuals in concentration camps.
As Arthur J. Bressan put it, the new LGBT flag represented “the dawn of a new gay consciousness and freedom”. Originally, there were eight different coloured stripes – each with its own meaning.
- Pink – Sex
- Red – Life
- Orange – Healing
- Yellow – Sunlight
- Green – Nature
- Turquoise – Magic/Art
- Indigo – Serenity
- Violet – Spirit
According to rumour, the rainbow theme was inspired by the Hippie movement, Judy Garland’s “Over the Rainbow,” and other influences.
Exploring all LGBTQ+ flags
As time has passed and the LGBT community has grown, new variations of the LGBT flag have emerged to represent the subcultures within the community.
Take a look at our LGBT flags list below to see who they represent and what they mean.
It is important to note that there are many other flags for the LGBT community, as well as many variations of the flags.
The bisexual flag was designed by Michael Page, an LGBTQ activist, in 1998. Page discovered that many members of the bi+ community did not feel they could connect with the traditional rainbow flag, so set out to create a flag with symbols that the community could relate to.
The top 40% of the bisexual flag is pink, the middle 20% is purple, and the bottom 40% is blue. The colours, like the majority of LGBT flags, have meaning.
The different colours on this flag represent the appeal to multiple genders. Pink represents homosexual attraction, blue represents attraction to various genders, and the overlapping purple colour represents attraction regardless of sex or gender.
It is critical to understand the history of the LGBTQ+ community. Whether you’re a member of the community yourself, or are attempting to be an ally, understanding what the flags represent is an important part of the learning process.
Having LGBTQ+ flags on display can mean a lot more to the community than you might think. If you own a public business, having stickers in windows or flags on the outside of cafes, bars, and restaurants can indicate a safe and supportive environment.
In today’s climate, having a safe and welcoming place to go is critical, especially for the trans community. You can make the LGBTQ+ community feel more at ease by displaying your support.
If you’re a member, you can access our LGBTQ+ resources.
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