LGBTQ+ Pride Flag
Progress Pride Flag
In 1974, Gilbert Baker met Harvey Milk, an influential gay leader, who three years later challenged Baker to come up with a symbol of pride for the gay community. The original flag had 8 colors. The 6 color LGBTQ+ Pride flag was popularized in 1979 and has become the predominant flag used.
The city of Philadelphia added two colors, black and brown, to the Pride flag to recognize that queer people of color are often not fully included in the LGBT community. In 2018 Daniel Quasar, who identifies as queer and nonbinary, created the inclusive flag adding onto the Phili Flag. The white, pink, and light blue reflect the colors of the transgender flag, while the brown and black stripes represent people of color and those lost to AIDS.
Bisexual Pride Flag
Pansexual Pride Flag
The bisexual pride flag was designed by Michael Page in 1998 in order to give the bisexual community its own symbol comparable to the gay pride flag of the larger LGBT community.
The pansexual flag began to appear on the internet in 2010. This flag has colors that represent pansexuality's interest in all genders as partners. The pink represents women, yellow nonbinary and gender-nonconforming people, and the blue is for men.
Lesbian Pride Flag
The Lesbian Pride Flag, featuring seven different shades of pink, orange, white and red, is flown as the official lesbian flag. This design became popular around 2018 and is one of several other designs.
Gay Pride Flag
This modern gay men’s pride flag is a reimagining of a previous gay men’s pride flag with a variety of blue tones. Because it employed colors that were stereotypical of the gender binary, that edition was problematic This new flag includes a broader spectrum of LGBT men, including transgender, intersex, and gender-nonconforming males, among others.
Asexual Pride Flag
Demisexual Pride Flag
Aromantic Pride Flag
Like the pansexual flag, the asexual flag was created in 2010. The flag was inspired by the Asexual Visibility and Education Network logo. The black stripe represents asexuality, the grey stripe representing the grey-area between sexual and asexual, the white stripe sexuality, and the purple stripe community.
Using similar colors as the asexual pride flag, the demisexual pride flag was created to specifically represent those with “a sexual orientation in which someone feels sexual attraction only to people with whom they have an emotional bond,” according to The Demisexuality Resource Center.
The Aromantic flag has undergone many designs. The most recent design was developed by internet user Cameron in 2014.
Transgender Pride Flag
The Transgender Pride Flag was created by American trans woman Monica Helms in 1999. The light blue is the traditional color for baby boys. The pink is the traditional color for baby girls. The stripe in the middle is white, for those who are intersex, transitioning or consider themselves having a neutral or undefined gender.
Genderqueer Pride Flag
Nonbinary Pride Flag
The Genderqueer flag was designed by Marilyn Roxie with input from the readers of Genderqueer Identities in June 2011. The lavender represents androgyny or general queerness, the white represents agender identity, and the green represents all those whose identities fall outside the binary.
Kye Rowan designed the nonbinary flag in 2014. This flag was designed to go alongside the genderqueer flag rather than replace it. Yellow is for those whose gender exists outside of or without reference to the binary, white for those who have many or all genders, purple for those who feel their gender is between or a mix of female and male, and the black for those who feel they are without gender.
Genderfluid Pride Flag
The Genderfluid Pride Flag was created in 2012 by JJ Poole(they/them), who identifies as agender and pansexual and advocates for people who do not fit into heteronormative society. An alternate genderfluid flag emerged in 2021 that features wavy lines, representing the fluidity and change experienced by persons with this identity in the wave pattern of lines. It is quickly catching on and may soon be the preferred genderfluid flag.
Two-Spirit Pride Flag
Two-Spirit, also known as Two-Spirited, is an Indigenous North American identity that encompasses sexuality, gender, and/or spirituality. It is a broad concept that embraces homosexuality as well as a wide range of gender diversity. There is no one agreed-upon two-spirit flag. However the current design was developed in 2016. The circle denotes oneness in one, while the two feathers signify woman and man. It’s usually put over the LGBT rainbow flag, but it may also be placed over other flags.
Omnisexual Pride Flag
The omnisexual flag was developed in 2015, to differentiate between pansexual and omnisexual identities.