Pride month is here and people are waving their rainbow flags everywhere. Did you know that there are variations of the pride flag? The most popularized symbol for the LGBTQ community is the flag with only six colors and is referred to as the Rainbow Pride flag. Learn about the history behind the other rainbow flags and celebrate all types of love this month.
Gilbert Barker Pride Flag
The Gilbert Barker Pride flag was created to radiate positivity and celebrate love. Each of the 8 colors on the flag has the following meaning: pink for sex, red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sunlight, green for nature, turquoise for magic, blue for harmony, and violet for the spirit.
1978 Pride Flag
Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official in California, tasked Barker to create the Pride flag. As a gay activist, he became a target during his time in office and was assassinated in 1978. Demands for the Pride flag increased following his passing but there was a shortage of pink materials. To continue the supply, Barker reduced the colors to 7 instead.
Philadelphia’s People of Color Inclusive Flag
In 2017, the colors black and brown were added to the Rainbow Pride flag to represent the People of Color in the LGBTQ community. This new flag acknowledges the challenges they have faced and the work they put in to address racism in the community.
Progress Pride Flag
The Progress Pride flag was designed by Daniel Quasar and was inspired by the Philly Pride flag. It’s more inclusive with the addition of the black and brown stripes and the colors of the Transgender Pride flag. Quasar says he designed it this way to give the flag more meaning.
The LGBTQ is a diverse community, so naturally, they have different flags to represent them. Being an ally shouldn’t stop at parading with the rainbow flag, though. No matter how a person identifies, they deserve to be respected and be given equal rights.