With recent Pride Months conducted virtually, the summer of 2022 will likely see a wealth of in-person Pride parades and events (Pride Month officially occurs in June, but different cities have celebrations during different months). As such, you'll likely see a lot of different Pride flags that embody different aspects of the LGBTQ+ community this year and in future years. So what does each one represent?
This list of 30 Pride flags utilizes information from a range of sources, in particular The Advocate (opens in new tab)'scomprehensive guide—but even outside of this article, there are many more iterations of Pride flags that exist, includingflags from different countries (opens in new tab)and states; flags that include relevant symbols; and two or more flags combined into one. There's also some disagreement about what should be considered the "official" flags, and controversy about some of the flags' origins and meaning. But what's powerful is that the breadth of LGBTQ+ representation continues to evolve, a nod to the diversity of sex, sexuality, attraction, and gender.
Recent Pride events have even more significancein conjunction with BLM protests and activities; You may have seen the hashtag #BlackTransLivesMatter,for instance, or the raised-fistresistance Pride flag (more on that below). In a world in which students are expelled for handing out Pride flags to protest Florida's "Don't Say Gay Bill," the need to show support for LGTBQ+ rights—publicly as well as privately—is as important as ever. Read on to learn more about the flags, their origins, and their meanings.
Gilbert Baker Pride Flag
In 1977, gay politician Harvey Milk tasked veteran Gilbert Baker to come up with a Pride flag. Milksaid (opens in new tab)he felt that queer people "needed something that was positive, that celebrated our love." Inspired by Judy Garland's "Over the Rainbow,"each color has symbolism: Hot pink for sex, red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sunlight, green for nature, turquoise for magic/art, indigo for serenity, and violet for spirit.
1978-1999 Pride Flag
Milk was assassinated in 1978, and demand for the flag increased as people wanted to show their support. Apparently Baker had trouble getting the pink color, so the flag began selling with seven colors instead.
Traditional Gay Pride Flag
This is probably the flag you'll see most often: Six colors, apparently easier to produce than the odd-numbered seven (althoughother reports (opens in new tab)say it was more about making the flag easier for parades and to hang on posts). The rainbow flag can operate as a general flag for the LGBTQ+ community, but it's not necessarily all-inclusive. Many of the following flags (intersex, asexual, non-binary, etc.) embody different identities that exist within Q (queer) and/or outside this acronym.
Philadelphia People of Color-Inclusive Flag
Philadelphiaadded brown and black (opens in new tab)at the top of their flag in 2017 to spotlight the importance of including queer people of color in the LGBTQ+ community. If the design looks familiar to you...
Philadelphia People of Color-Inclusive Flag
It's becauseLena Waithe donned the colors (opens in new tab)as a cape at the Met Gala in 2018. "This epic moment of defiance was brought to you by Carolina Herrera," she wrote on Instagram.
As a representation of Queer People of Color,it's not known who the original creator of the flag was (opens in new tab)but represents solidarity with the BLM movement as well as the intersection of the queer and Black communities (including the importance of figures likeMarsha P. Johnson (opens in new tab), the Black drag queen whomay have thrown the first brick (opens in new tab)at the Stonewall Inn riots) to the movements. No surprise, the flag has become more popular in 2020 and beyond. The raised fist is a sign of unity and support as well as defiance and resistance, and the various colors on the fist represent diversity. Sometimes called theResistance Flag (opens in new tab), according to Them writer Matt Baume: "The modern LGBTQ+ liberation movement was touched off by queer and trans people of color and their struggle continues to this day, with both communities seeking justice, equality, and freedom from oppression. And because many people belong to both communities, they’re not two distinct causes but instead overlap."
Progress Pride Flag
This flag takes inclusion even further, thanks to queer, nonbinary artist Daniel Quasar (xe/they). Their2019 Kickstarter (opens in new tab)explained that xe aimed to put more emphasis on the design to deepen its meaning. Brown and black stripes represent people of color and people who have died from AIDS, while the white, pink, and blue (as you'll see later) are colors from the transgender flag. The flag was seen flying over the Massachusetts State House in Boston in honor of the cancelled in-person 2020 Pride Parade.
In 1998, Michael Page wanted to spotlight bisexual people within the LGBTQ+ community. Overlapping over the stereotypical colors for boys (blue) and girls (pink) is lavender—attraction to both sexes.Bisexuality (opens in new tab)doesn't necessarily JUST mean an attraction to two sexes, and there are other flags to represent attraction to more than one gender (as you'll see).
This flag, for example, represents pansexuality's interest in all genders: Pink for women, blue for men, yellow for "nonbinary and gender-nonconforming people." It was created in 2010 to distinguish pansexuality from bisexuality.
In 2010, the Asexual Visibility and Education Network stated that they wanted to "have a symbol that belongs to all of us." The flag is inspired by their logo; Black represents asexuality, gray for graysexuals (between sexual and asexual) and demisexual (sexual attraction following emotional connection (opens in new tab)). Purple represents community.
Thedemisexual flag (opens in new tab)exists on the asexual spectrum (hence the similar colors in a different configuration), but also has its own separate flag. The term was coined in 2006 on The Asexual Visibility & Education Network (AVEN) by user “sonofzeal” but it's not known who designed the original flag.
Lesbian Labrys Flag
This flag isn't widely used—and part of the reason may be that the flag was designed in 1999 by a gay man, Sean Campbell. TheLabrys (opens in new tab)is a double-sided axe apparently used by the Amazonians, and the black triangle was used by the Nazis to identify "antisocial" individuals.
Just as the symbol pi goes on indefinitely after the decimal, there are infinite partners available to those who identify as polyamorous. Gold represents emotional connection, not just sexual love. Amodified version (opens in new tab)was created in 2017 with infinity hearts instead of the pi symbol.
Intersex International Australia designed this flag in 2013 with non-gendered colors "that celebrate living outside the binary." Intersex (variation in sex characteristics) is also represented in the transgender flag (see next slide).
Transgender Pride Flag
Those who are transitioning or have neutral/no gender are also included in the white. Trans woman Monica Helms designed this in 1999. The blue and pink represent boys and girls, and no matter which way you hold it, the flag is always right-side up.
Transgender Pride Flag
Another variation on the flag is to include a symbol to represent transgender people (female (♀), male (♂) and Genderqueer (⚨) in a single circle) transposed on top of the five stripes.
This flag was designed to embody all that genderfluidity can contain (since their gender can vary over time): Pink for femininity, blue for masculinity, white for no gender, black for all genders, and purple for the combination between masculine and feminine. JJ Poole created the flag in 2012.
Marilyn Roxie designed the genderqueer flag to represent those identifying outside the gender binary: lavender is androgeny, white is agender, and green is nonbinary. This is also known as the "nonbinary" flag.
Lipstick Lesbian Flag
Interestingly, this flag is controversial—and now considered outdated in favor of a newer version (next slide). This one was designed by Natalie McCray in 2010 to celebratelesbian femmes (opens in new tab)but isn't necessarily loved for its lack of inclusivity.
In 2018, this new version added more colors to celebrate (from top to bottom) gender non-conformity, independence, community, unique relationships to womanhood, serenity and peace, love and sex, and femininity. The debate about representation goes on.
Leather, Latex, & BDSM Flag
There's also debate over this flag, centered around whether kinks exist within or outside of the LGBTQ+ community. But the "leather flag," created by Tony DeBlase in 1989, is a symbol of that community (which includes many gay men)—black may symbolize leather, white is purity, blue is devotion, and the heart is love.
Bear Brotherhood Flag
Craig Byrnes and Paul Witzkoske in 1995 made the "bear flag (opens in new tab)" for "a subculture of masculine-presenting gay, bisexual and trans men who embrace facial and body hair and may have larger bodies." Each stripe represents the different colors of bears. Thus far, it looks to be the only subculture with its own flag, although there's apparently a "twink flag" used online (opens in new tab).
Rubber Pride Flag
Members of the rubber/latex fetish community have a flag to express their preferences and passion. Peter Tolos and Scott Moats created it in 1995 and say that black represents "our lust for the look and feel for shiny black rubber," red "our blood passion for rubber and rubbermen," and yellow "our drive for intense rubber play and fantasies." Also, there's a kink in it—which totally makes sense, actually.
Polysexual (attracted to multiple but not all genders, unlike pansexual) is still similar to the pansexual flag, with green representing nonconforming genders and pink and blue female and male, respectively. Polysexuality can sometimes be expressed as attraction to masculinity/femininity, not gender. The flag was created onTumblr (opens in new tab)in 2012.
Designer Salem X or "Ska" created a reversible flag—much like the transgender flag—to represent rejection of gender. Green is nonbinary, and black and white are absence of gender.
In a similar color scheme, the green in the aromantic flag represents those living without romantic attraction or different romantic attraction. Gray and black are meant to represent all aromantic sexualities.
To add to the genderqueer flag's representation, 17-year-old Kye Rowan created the nonbinary flag in 2014 for gender existing outside the binary (symbolized by the yellow). White is all genders, black is no gender, and purple is a mix of genders.
Another fetish flag, the pony play flag was designed in 2007 by Carrie P., and includes black to express unity with the larger leather community.
Straight Ally Flag
Sometimes known as the ally pride flag, this is a combination of different symbols—the straight flag is black and white stripes, the traditional pride flag is a rainbow—and the combination is meant to show allyship for the LGBTQ+ community.
Two-Spirit Pride Flag
The Two-Spirit Pride Flag (opens in new tab) represents queer Native American individuals as an umbrella term, including traditional and cultural context. Per the University of Northern Colorado, "Two-spirit individuals traditionally were viewed as holding a masculine and feminine spirit. They held a gender identity outside of the binary man or woman." The flag's creation is attributed to Myra Laramee (Cree).
This flag is designed to hold space for people who don't consider themselves cisgender or transgender (whether agender, nonbinary, genderfluid, or identifying in some other way). According to Western Connecticut State University, "There is a varied set of reasons why individuals identify in this way, but there is a real linguistic need to describe this space." It is believed the first metagender flag was created by Tumblr user IMOGA-Pride.
Celebrating Pride Month
As the LGBTQ+ movement continues to grow in awareness and inclusivity, we may see new flags and symbols. You have the freedom to choose the item you feel represents you. Pride is about appreciating diversity and honoring the past and present of the LGBT community. It's beautiful no matter how you celebrate.
What does this flag mean 🏳 🌈? ›
The rainbow flag🏳️🌈 (also known as the LGBT pride flag) is a flag that is used as a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) pride and LGBTQ social movements.What is everything the pride flag represents? ›
Each of the original eight colors had their own unique symbolism. Hot pink: sex; Red: life; Orange: healing; Yellow: sunlight; Green: nature; Turquoise: magic and art; Indigo: serenity; and Violet: spirit.What does each Colour of the pride flag mean? ›
Each color in the flag also had a specific meaning. Hot Pink symbolizes sex. Red equals life. Orange symbolizes healing. Yellow stands for sunlight.What does the acronym Lgbtqia+ stand for? ›
LGBTIQA+ 'LGBTIQA+' is an evolving acronym that stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer/questioning, asexual. Many other terms (such as non-binary and pansexual) that people use to describe their experiences of their gender, sexuality and physiological sex characteristics.What country is 🏴? ›
🏴 Flag: England
Unicode details for Flag: England (🏴) emoji.
🚩 Red Flag emoji
On social media, the Red Flag emoji 🚩 often represents the sense of the term red flag that's used in the context of dating and relationships to refer to a sign that a person will turn out to be (or is) a bad or problematic partner.
Yellow: Representing attraction to those who identify as genderqueer, non-binary, agender, androgynous, or anyone who doesn't identify on the male-female binary. Blue: Representing attraction to those who identify as male.What is the symbol of our pride? ›
The rainbow flag is an iconic symbol recognized by people and communities worldwide.What country has rainbow flag? ›
This rainbow flag was introduced to Peru in 1973 by Raúl Montesinos Espejo, in recognition of the 25th anniversary of his Tawantinsuyo Radio station. As the flag's popularity grew, Cusco mayor Gilberto Muñiz Caparó declared it an official emblem in 1978.What does black mean in a flag? ›
Black: Normally represents defeated enemies, a people's ethnicity, or determination. It may also mean mourning or death. White: The international symbol of peace, used even in times of war to call a truce or surrender. Red: Signifies war, vibrancy, revolution, and power.
What is the orange white and green flag? ›
The Flag of India
The flag of India was adopted on July 22, 1947, and features the colors orange, white, and green in a horizontal arrangement (from top to bottom). The flag's green stripe stands for honesty and loyalty, the orange stands for bravery and sacrifice, and the white band stands for truth and peace.
The national flag of Ukraine (Ukrainian: Прапор України, romanized: Prapor Ukrayiny) consists of equally sized horizontal bands of blue and yellow.What is lgbtqia 2s? ›
What does LGBTQIA2S+ mean? LGTBQIA2S+ is an acronym for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and/or Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Two-Spirit, and the countless affirmative ways in which people choose to self-identify.What is the meaning of alphabet people? ›
As The Alphabet People, we're a group of human beings made up of every letter in the alphabet, as well as the syllables and spaces in between. Yet, in the majority of media, we most often are not the ones in positions to speak on our behalf and explain who we are in our own words.What does the IA mean in Lgbtqia? ›
We use the acronym LGBTQIA at Tech to stand for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, (questioning), intersex, asexual, and (agender).Is there a country with Z? ›
There are two countries in the world that begin with the letter Z: Zambia and Zimbabwe. Zambia is a landlocked country in southern Africa with a population of about 18 million people.What country is 🇮 🇱? ›
🇮🇱 Flag: Israel.What country is 1? ›
1 – United States, including United States territories: 1 (340) – United States Virgin Islands.What does this mean 🇱 🇷 🏈? ›
🇱🇷 Flag: Liberia
The flag for Liberia, which may show as the letters LR on some platforms. The Flag: Liberia emoji is a flag sequence combining 🇱 Regional Indicator Symbol Letter L and 🇷 Regional Indicator Symbol Letter R.
🇸🇬 Flag: Singapore
The Flag: Singapore emoji is a flag sequence combining 🇸 Regional Indicator Symbol Letter S and 🇬 Regional Indicator Symbol Letter G. These display as a single emoji on supported platforms.
What flag is this 🇬 🇬? ›
🇬🇬 Flag: Guernsey
The flag for Guernsey, which may show as the letters GG on some platforms. The Flag: Guernsey emoji is a flag sequence combining 🇬 Regional Indicator Symbol Letter G.
horizontally striped yellow-green-red national flag.What flag is blue with yellow circle and crosses? ›
national flag consisting of a blue field with a prominent, off-centre golden disk.What is the yellow striped flag? ›
The yellow stripe represents people whose gender exists outside of the binary, the white stripe, people with many or all genders, the purple, people with genders considered a mix of male and female, and the black for people who identify as not having a gender. Flags are 3'x5′ polyester.What is the pride flag with the heart? ›
|Design||Nine equally sized horizontal stripes (from top to bottom: four of alternating black and royal blue, one white, and four of alternating royal blue and black) with a tilted red heart in the canton|
|Designed by||Tony DeBlase|
Polyamory Pride Flag
Other versions of the flag replace the pi symbol with a heart interlocking with an infinity sign to symbolize how one can love multiple people at once.
The return to natural hair styles such as the afro, cornrows, and dreadlocks were seen as expressions of black pride. In the 1960s to 1970s, kente cloth and the Black Panthers uniform were worn in the U.S. as expressions of black pride.What does the 🌈 mean in your bio? ›
The rainbow emoji 🌈 depicts a colorful arc of a rainbow. When not representing the meteorological phenomenon, the emoji can express various positive emotions, such as happiness, feelings of togetherness, hope, and good fortune. Along with the rainbow flag emoji. , it's commonly used to express LGBTQ identity and pride.Is there a purple flag in the world? ›
Purple is one of the least used colours in vexillology and heraldry. Currently, the colour appears in only three national flags: that of Dominica, El Salvador, and Nicaragua, and one co-official national flag, the Wiphala (co-official national flag of Bolivia).What flag was mistaken for the pride flag? ›
Brazilian journalist at World Cup says regional flag mistaken for LGBTQ symbol. SAO PAULO, Nov 22 (Reuters) - A journalist covering the soccer World Cup in Qatar on Tuesday said local police hassled him outside a stadium after a regional Brazilian flag was mistaken for an LGBTQ pride flag.
What green flag means? ›
We use the term “green flag” to highlight actions or traits that are positive. These are usually signs that someone has healthy behaviors, which can be a good sign that your potential relationship will start off positive and hopefully stay that way.Why is purple not used in flags? ›
The real reason was that for thousands of years purple dye was far too expensive. It was possible the most expensive product available being worth more than gold, jewels, castles, ships, silk, spices, and silver.What are the 3 types of American flags? ›
- Service Flags.
- Maritime Flag.
- Personal Flags.
The flag of Switzerland consists of a symmetric white cross on red background (Figure 3A), and represents just one of two square-shaped national flags in the world (the other being the Vatican State) .What flag is blue and white with a sun? ›
Argentina Flag. Flag Description: three equal horizontal bands of light blue (top), white, and light blue; centered in the white band is a radiant yellow sun with a human face known as the Sun of May.What is red white green flag? ›
The national flag of Hungary (Hungarian: Magyarország zászlaja) is a horizontal tricolour of red, white and green (red-white-green). In this exact form, it has been the official flag of Hungary since 23 May 1957.What flags are red and black? ›
The Albanian flag is the only national flag to exclusively include the color combination of black and red!What flag is blue with two stars? ›
The blue symbolises the sea and sky (the bottom and top blue sections, respectively), divided by a yellow stroke representing the bright sun which bathes the island. The two stars represent Curaçao and Klein Curaçao, with the five points on each star symbolise the five continents from which Curaçao's people descend.What flag is turquoise and yellow? ›
Flag of Kazakhstan | Britannica.What does * 2SLGBTQ+ mean? ›
2SLGBTQ+: What does it mean? Published on June 19, 2018. Updated on February 9, 2023. Use a read speaker Print a document. 2SLGBTQ+ is an acronym that stands for Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning and additional sexual orientations and gender identities.
How old is the letter Y? ›
The form of the modern letter Y is derived from the Greek letter upsilon. It dates back to the Latin of the first century BC, when upsilon was introduced a second time, this time with its "foot" to distinguish it.What is the meaning of letter a to Z? ›
An A to Z of a particular subject is a book or programme which gives information on all aspects of it, arranging it in alphabetical order.Why is the alphabet Z? ›
In the 1st century BC, Z was put in the alphabet again at the end of the Latin alphabet. This was done to accurately represent the sound of the Greek zeta. The letter Z appeared only in Greek words, and is the only letter besides Y that the Romans took from Greek.What are the 15 sexualities? ›
- Heterosexual. Heterosexual, also known colloquially as straight, is a term that describes those that are attracted to the opposite sex. ...
- Gay. ...
- Lesbian. ...
- Bisexual. ...
- Asexual. ...
- Queer. ...
- Demisexual. ...
🇼🇸 Flag: Samoa
The flag for Samoa, which may show as the letters WS on some platforms. The Flag: Samoa emoji is a flag sequence combining 🇼 Regional Indicator Symbol Letter W and 🇸 Regional Indicator Symbol Letter S.
🏳️⚧️ Transgender Flag emoji. The Transgender Flag emoji 🏳️⚧️ portrays a flag with pink, blue, and white stripes. This particular flag is used to represent the transgender community and is used to express transgender Pride.What does the flag icon mean? ›
Answer. A Flag icon indicates that the Student or Site has a special note attached to it.What does flag this message mean? ›
You can Flag an email message you receive to remind yourself to follow-up or take action at a later time. Your flagged message will appear in the To-Do Bar, in Tasks, and in the Daily Task List in Calendar. You can also click your Search Folder – For Follow Up to find the messages you've flagged. 1.What flag is this 🇦 🇺? ›
🇺🇦 Flag of Ukraine emoji Meaning | Dictionary.com.What flag is this 🇷 🇺? ›
🇷🇺 Flag: Russia
The flag for Russia, which may show as the letters RU on some platforms. The Flag: Russia emoji is a flag sequence combining 🇷 Regional Indicator Symbol Letter R and 🇺 Regional Indicator Symbol Letter U.
What flag is this 🇵 🇳? ›
🇵🇳 Flag: Pitcairn Islands
The Flag: Pitcairn Islands emoji is a flag sequence combining 🇵 Regional Indicator Symbol Letter P and 🇳 Regional Indicator Symbol Letter N. These display as a single emoji on supported platforms. Flag: Pitcairn Islands was added to Emoji 1.0 in 2015.
The Chequered Flag emoji 🏁 depicts a flag with a black-and-white checkerboard pattern. It is commonly used to represent vehicle racing, races in general, challenges, or accomplishments.Is there a white flag? ›
During the Afghan Civil War, the Taliban used a plain white flag. When it took over Kabul in 1996, and established the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, the white flag became the national flag of the country. After 1997, the Taliban added the Shahadah to the flag.What Flag Day is today? ›
U.S. America's Flag Day marks the Second Continental Congress's adoption of the first U.S. national flag on June 14, 1777.What is a red flag slang? ›
A signal of danger or a problem can be referred to as a red flag, a usage that originated in the 18th century.What does an orange flag mean? ›
What does an orange utility flag stand for? An orange utility flag stands for phone and telecommunication lines, alarm or signal lines, cables or conduits, and fiberoptics.What is flag in C? ›
A "flag" variable is simply a boolean variable whose contents is "true" or "false". You can use either the bool type with true or false , or an integer variable with zero for "false" and non-zero for "true".What does green flag mean in text? ›
We use the term “green flag” to highlight actions or traits that are positive. These are usually signs that someone has healthy behaviors, which can be a good sign that your potential relationship will start off positive and hopefully stay that way.