LGBTQ+ Flags!

LGBTQ+ Flags!

Teya Shook, communications department

Did you know that there are twenty-two different pride flags? Maybe even more! Each of these flags was created by an individual, and often the different colors, stripes, and shapes have specific meanings or things they represent. Let’s celebrate pride a little early and learn about the flags in the community.

In 1978 The rainbow flag created by Harvey Milk, known to represent the LGBTQ+ community held 8 colors. Each of these colors represented something important in the community. In 1979, Hot pink was taken off of the flag due to fabric unavailability. Later that same year, Turquoise and Indigo were changed to Royal blue. Aha! The six colored flag we see today, there are so many flags to represent individuals in the community, but the rainbow flag has been used to represent the community as a whole.

In 2017 a new version of the flag we love appeared. This flag doesn’t look much different, but the meaning is so much bigger than the meaning of the flag we know. This flag has the traditional rainbow with black and brown located at the top. This version was created to bring out awareness of the challenges and obstacles LGBTQ+ people of color have experienced and continue experiencing. This flag was created to be more inclusive and make people aware of the troubles they face daily.

1999 the transgender flag was created by Monica Helms which had appeared at the Phoenix, Arizona pride in 2000. The trans flag holds five stripes and three colors, pink which represents female, blue that represents male, and white that represents people who are transitioning. In the mid-1980s people who identify as transgender were officially recognized by the government and people were allowed to get sex reassignment surgeries.

The Pansexual flag was created in the mid-2010s by Guilbert Baker. The pan flag has three colors magenta, yellow, and cyan. Magenta shows attraction to those who identify in the female spectrum, while Cyan represents attraction to people who identify in the male spectrum. The yellow portion of the pansexual flag is there to represent attraction to those who identify as androgynous, agender, bigender, genderfluid, genderqueer, etc…

Created by Michael Page in 1998 the Bisexual flag was invented. Page took inspiration from an existing bisexual symbol knows as “Bi Angles” (pun was probably intended). The bisexual flag consists of three colors, pink, blue, and lavender. The pink located at the top of the flag shows same-sex attraction, while the blue at the bottom shows opposite-sex attraction (straight), lastly there’s lavender in the center which represents the attraction to both.

Whatever you identify as you’re valid! Don’t let the traditional definitions of sexualities define who you are, whatever you think best fits or best suits you is who you are and no one can change that. Don’t worry if what you are changes, sexuality and gender are fluid, they dont always stay the same. Be yourself and stay strong, even when things get hard.