PRIDE FLAG GUIDE
Rainbow Pride Flag
Designed in 1979 by Gilbert Baker.
The popular six stripe rainbow flag was modified in the late 1970s to six even stripes symbolizing the diversity and hope of the LGBT community. It is worn and displayed to show support for the LGBT community by both allies and members!
- Red = Life
- Orange = Healing
- Yellow = Sunlight
- Green = Serenity
- Blue = Nature
- Purple = Spirit
"More Color More Pride" Philadelphia Rainbow Pride Flag:
Flag your pride Philly Style with the official Philadelphia "More Color More Pride" flag centering the lives and contributions of black and brown LGBTQPIA++ people!
- The Philly Black & Brown inclusive pride flag was officially adopted by the City of Philadelphia in 2017 to celebrate the contributions of people of color to LBBTQPIA++ communities.
- Many moons later, We FINALLY HAVE THE FLAGS at an affordable price, so come get yours!
Progress Pride Flag:
Designed by Daniel Quasar in 2018
Adds five new colors to emphasize the inclusion of BIPOC and Trans voices in the queer community.
- The flag includes black and brown stripes to represent people of color, and baby blue, pink and white, which are used in the Transgender Pride Flag.
Inclusive Progress Pride Flag:
Adds an inclusive updated inlay based on the Intersex Pride Flag to the Progress Pride design
Trans Pride Flag:
The Trans flag celebrates the transgender community and the lives of trans people. The flag was designed by Monica Helms in 1999.
- Consists of five horizontal stripes: two light blue, two pink, and one white in the center.
- The blue and pink stripes symbolize the traditional pink and blue color indicators of masculinity or femininity.
- The white stripe in the center signifies transition or nonconformity within these roles.
Created 2013 by Morgan Carpenter- Not derivative, but yet is firmly grounded in meaning:
- Yellow and purple were chosen as colours as they were viewed as free from gender associations and were historically used to represent intersex people.
- The circle is described as "unbroken and unornamented, symbolizing wholeness and completeness, and our potentialities."
Genderqueer Pride Flag:
The genderqueer pride flag was designed in 2011 by Marilyn Roxie. It consists of three stripes:
- Lavender represents androgyny and queerness.
- White represents agender identity or gender neutrality
- Green represents those whose identities are defined outside the binary.
Non-Binary Pride Flag:
Created by 17-year-old Kye Rowan in 2014, this flag was a response to nonbinary people feeling improperly represented by the genderqueer flag. This symbol was not to replace Roxie's creation but sit beside it as an option. The stripes represent the following:
- Yellow symbolizes gender outside the binary.
- White, a mix of all colors, represents those with many or all genders.
- Purple stands in for those who feel both binary masculine and feminine or fluid between them.
- Black is for the agender community, people who identify as having no gender.
Agender Pride Flag:
Was re-designed by Salem X in 2014.
- Both black and white represent the complete absence of gender.
- Grey represents being semi-genderless.
- Green represents nonbinary gender, because it is the inverse of purple.
*Previous version included orange to symbolize alloromantic people, but did not include a full spectrum of aromanticism
Bisexual Pride Flag:
In common usage, Bisexual is used to refer to people with attraction to more than one gender, while pansexual is used to refer to people with attractions to people regardless of gender.
The flag was designed by Michael Page in 1998 and consists of three colors:
- Dark pink color representing sexual attraction to the same sex only (homosexual)
- Blue represents sexual attraction to the opposite sex only (heterosexual)
- The resultant overlap color purple represents the unique experience of bisexual folx as being more than "just gay and straight."
Pansexual Pride Flag:
The pansexual pride flag was designed as a symbol for the pansexual community.
The flag has been found on various internet sites since mid-2010.
It consists of:
- Three colored horizontal bars: pink, yellow, and blue
- The blue portion of the flag represents those who identify within the male spectrum (regardless of biological sex)
- The pink portion represents those who identify within the female spectrum (regardless of biological sex)
- The yellow portion, found in between the blue and pink portions, represents non-binary attraction
Polysexual Pride Flag:
Polysexuality refers to attraction to and/ or romantic interest in many genders. Like bisexuality, polysexuality does not necessarily apply to attraction to all genders or regardless of genders, nor does it describe a desired relationship structure (it is possible for a Polysexual or Bisexual person to be interested only in monogamous intimate romantic relationships , for example.
Creator Tomlin created the flag in 2012 with a similar design to the bixexual and pansexual flag since all three terms refer to mutisexual orientations.
- Pink represents attraction to women
- Blue represents attraction to men
- Green represents attraction to non-binary folks
Asexual Pride Flag:
Asexuality flag consists of multiple stripes celebrating persons who do not experience sexual attraction to other people. The asexual pride flag was created in 2010 after a vote by members of various asexual communities.
- Black represents asexuality
- Grey represents grey-asexuality and demisexuality
- White represents non-asexual partners and allies
- Purple represents community
Omnisexual Pride Flag:
Omnisexual means attracted to people of all genders, where gender still plays a role in their attraction to a person (as opposed to pansexual which describes attraction without regard to gender) .
The omnisexual pride flag was designed by @pastelmemer in 2015
- Light pink and light blue represent the gender spectrum
- Pink represents attraction to femininity and women
- Blue represents attraction to masculinity and men
- Dark purple represents attraction to people whose gender falls outside of the categories above
Polyamory Pride Flag :
Polyamory refers to the ability and desire to engage in multiple intimate relationships with the consent of all involved. This flag was created by Jim Evans in 1995 and uses the symbol Pi as an indefinite numeral contained withing a group of numerals
Blue represents the openness and honesty among all partners
Red represents love and passion
Black represents solidarity with those who are forced to hide their polyamorous relationships from the outside world due to societal pressures
The pi (π) symbol is a Greek letter, and makes reference to the fact that polyamory is indefininte but not infinite.
Gold in the pi symbol represents the value placed on emotional attachment, not just physical attraction
Demisexual Pride Flag:
Demisexuality describes an attraction that requires emotional connection. Demisexual people (like polyamorous people or aromantic persons,etc) may or may not have gender based predilections but do require emotional intimacy before sexual attraction happens. Related to asexuality, demisexuality is on the ACE spectrum.
- Black is for asexuality
- Gray is for demisexuality
- Purple is for community
Aromantic Pride Flag:
Aromantic people do not experience romantic attraction to people and tend to separate sexual activity from emotional connection.
Meaning behind the colors:
- Green and light green represents the aromantic spectrum (green is thought to be the opposite of red, a color commonly associated with romance)
- White represents platonic love and friendships
- Gray and black represents the spectrum of different sexualities
Brotherhood Flag was designed to represent the bear subculture within the LGBT community. The gay bear culture celebrates secondary sex characteristics such as growth of body hair and facial hair, which is typically considered a "bear" trait.
- Design inspired by Leather Flag and created by Craig Byrnes in 1995.
- Stripes represent various nationalities and colors of bears internationally.
Lesbian Labrys Flag:
In honor of those lesbians and other queer folks who have been systematically labeled, incarcerated, killed, and oppressed by Third Reich Germany, the United States, and other governments."
The labrys lesbian flag was created in 1999 by graphic designer Sean Campbell, and published in June 2000 in the Palm Springs edition of the Gay and Lesbian Times Pride issue.
Labrys - The design involves a labrys, a type of double-headed axe, superimposed on the inverted black triangle, set against a violet background.
Among its functions, the labrys was associated as a weapon used by the Amazons of mythology.In the 1970s it was adopted as a symbol of empowerment by the lesbian feminist community.[
- Black Triangle- homosexual females were condemned to concentration camps in World War II and wore an inverted black triangle badge to identify them. Some lesbians reclaimed this symbol as gay men reclaimed the pink triangle
Violet background- The color violet became associated with lesbians via the poetry of Sappho.
Lesbian Pride Flag:
The Lesbian Pride flag features seven different shades of pink, orange, white and red. This version was created by Emily Gwen in 2018.
The colors represent the following (Top to Bottom):
- Top Red Stripe = Gender Nonconformity
- Orange Stripe = Independence
- Light Orange Stripe = Community
- White Stripe = Unique Relationships to Womanhood
- Pink Stripe = Serenity & Peace
- Mauve = Love & Sex
- Magenta = Femininity
Gay Men Loving Men:
Similar to the 7 stripe lesbian flag design, this design celebrates men or maculine persons loving other masculine persons.
Drag Pride Flag:
Drag is a performance art form that features exaggerated gender elements such as heavy makeup, high heels and exagerated bulges, curves or facial hair. Often drag is a part of variety entertainment that includes dancing, lip sync, and comedy.
The Drag Pride flag was designed by Veranda L'Ni. In 2016, the Austin International Drag Festival (AIDF) held a contest for an official flag of drag to be created, and this was picked as the winning design. The colours and symbols represent the following - as detailed by L'Ni:
- Purple = the passion for drag we all share
- White = the blank slate that is our body and face that we all change to create the characters that we become
- Blue = self expression and loyalty
- Crown = leadership in the drag community
- Stars = the many forms of drag
Leather Pride Flag :
The Leather Pride Flag is a symbol used by the Leather and BDSM subcultures since the 1990s. It was designed by Tony DeBlase in 1989.
According to DeBlase: "The flag is composed of nine horizontal stripes of equal width. From the top and from the bottom, the stripes alternate black and royal blue. The central stripe is white. In the upper left quadrant of the flag is a large red heart. I will leave it to the viewer to interpret the colors and symbols."
Rubber Pride Flag :
This symbol is for members of the rubber and latex fetish community to identify like-minded rubberists. The flag was designed by Peter Tolos and Scott Moats in 1995.
- Black represents desire for the latex / rubber look and feel
- Red represents passion for rubber
- Yellow represents a drive for intense rubber play and fantasies
- The kink in the bands of color represents the fact that rubber fetish is a kink
Bootblack Pride Flag:
After a two year debate within the community, on July 4th, 2005 Jesse 'Spanky' Penley came up with a design that would eventually become the accepted Boot Black Pride Flag.
- The flag is reported to have premiered at the International LeatherSir / International Leatherboy event in Atlanta, Georgia in 2005.
- Spanky used a diagonal stripe to differentiate from the leather pride flag. The width of the stripes, signify the wide range of people who are, and appreciate boot blacks. The unisex boot, stands for the non-gender specific nature of boot blacking. The large red heart signifies the heart that the bootblack puts behind his or her boots.
Puppy Pride Flag:
This is a flag that represents a part of the community into puppy Pet Play. The White stripe is slightly bigger to represent the broadness of the community, the bone represents the unconditional, non-judgmental heart of the puppy. This design is reported to have been created by Pup Flip Gray in 2011.
The flag was created by Carrie P in 2007 to celebrate human equine players
- Black: Represents the black leather often worn, this shows the link to the leather community
- White: Represents the pure inner spirit within each pony.
- Blue: Represents the ponies who strive to exceed at their craft and who enjoy the competition aspect of pony play, and denim often worn by handlers and caretakers
- Green: Represents the grass and running free in the fields with no worries.
- Horseshoes: Represent the horses stepping out into the world
Leather Boy/Boi Pride Flag:
The Leather Boy/Boi Pride flag is meant to represent Boys/Bois, a subgroup of the leather subculture. The word originally denoted younger and submissive gay men with an appreciation for older and dominant men (these being called Sirs, Masters or Dads), who were often newcomers to the community as well. The flag is reported to have been designed by boy Keith in 1999 after meeting Leather Pride Flag designer Tony DeBlase.
The design is based upon the Leather Pride Flag, the diagonal lines imply a power spectrum from top to bottom and the green color is the hanky code color for Daddy/boy. First officially used by DC Boys of Leather in 1998.
Leather Girl / Grrl Pride Flag:
Sheryl D created the Leather Girl Flag in November 2003. In the same year it also had its first unveiling at the Ms. San Diego Leather Contest. The flag is meant to represent those in the community who have a desire for leather and BDSM.Modeled after the Boy Pride Flag, the Girl Pride Flag is meant to represent the feminine counterpart to leather boy/boi subculture. Often describing younger acting feminine persons in a submissive role to an older (or parental/ caretaker role) dominant of any gender.
The neurodiversity features the iconic rainbow infinity mobius strip symbol on a white background. The rainbow infinity symbol symbolizes the great diversity in the Autistic community, and is widely used to represent the larger neurodiversity community beyond autism, such as ADHD and dyslexia.
The Austistic pride symbol represents autism as a unique kind of neurodiversity. The gold infinity symbol was created to replace the classic puzzle piece used by those who often see autism as an illness to be eradicated. Created by Autistic folx, for Autistic folx to be proud of their disabilities, strengths, and differences from allistics (non-autistic people), this symbol represents the fight for acceptance rather than erasure.
Curious about all the pride flags? Check out this article that explains the history behind many of these designs.