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A list of the most recognised queer flags

We know. There are sooooo many letters in the LGBTQI+ acronym, and with that, many more flags to represent sexualities and genders. So we’ve put together a list of some of the most recognised flags to help you up your queer repertoire.

There are flags to represent sexualities, genders, and even kinks and fetishes. For this list, we’ve included the most commonly recognised sexuality and gender flags. 

1978 Gilbert Baker Pride Flag

1978 Gilbert Baker Pride Flag

The original pride flag.

In 1977, Harvey Milk (America’s first openly gay elected official in the history of California) challenged Gilbert Baker (an American artist and gay rights activist) to create a flag to represent the gay community. Inspired by Judy Garland’s ‘Over the Rainbow’, Gilbert Baker created this flag for the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade in 1978.

Pink = sex
Red = life
Orange = healing
Yellow = sunlight
Green = nature
Turquoise = magic/art
Blue = serenity
Purple = spirit

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1978-1999 Pride Flag

1978-1999 Pride Flag

In November 1978, Harvey Milk was unfortunately assassinated, and many people wanted the flag to be updated to commemorate his accomplishments.

Red = life
Orange = healing
Yellow = sunlight
Green = nature
Blue = serenity
Purple = spirit
Light purple = unknown

Traditional Rainbow Gay Pride Flag

Traditional Rainbow Flag

The most familiar and commonly used gay pride flag.

In 1979 the community agreed on using this flag to represent gay pride (with turquoise being removed due to complications with having an odd number of colours).

Red = life
Orange = healing
Yellow = sunlight
Green = nature
Blue = serenity
Purple = spirit

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Philadelphia People of Colour Inclusive Pride Flag

Philadelphia People of Colour Pride Flag

In 2017, the city of Philadelphia adapted a version of the traditional rainbow pride flag to include black and brown stripes, representing people of colour who are often not fully included in the LGBTQI+ community.

Red = life
Orange = healing
Yellow = sunlight
Green = nature
Blue = serenity
Purple = spirit
Brown/black = people of colour

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Progress Pride Flag

Progress Pride Flag

Created in 2019 by Daniel Quasar

In 2018, designer Daniel Quasar released a redesigned flag that incorporated the traditional rainbow stripes, the black and brown people of colour stripes, and the pink/light blue/white stripes transgender flag stripes, to create the Progress Pride flag.

Red = life
Orange = healing
Yellow = sunlight
Green = nature
Blue = serenity
Purple = spirit
Brown/black = people of colour
White/pink/light blue = transgender people

Transgender Pride Flag

Transgender Pride Flag

Created in 1999 by Monica Helms

In 1999, Monica Helms designed this flag for a pride parade in Phoenix, to represent the transgender community. “The light blue is the traditional color for baby boys, pink is for girls, and the white in the middle is for those who are transitioning, those who feel they have a neutral gender or no gender, and those who are intersexed,” Helms noted. “The pattern is such that no matter which way you fly it, it will always be correct. This symbolizes us trying to find correctness in our own lives.”

Light blue = male gender
Link = female gender
White = neutral

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Bisexual Pride Flag

Bisexual Pride Flag

Created in 1998 by Michael Page

Bisexuality is someone who is attracted to more than one genders.

Pink = attraction to females
Blue = attraction to males
Purple = a blend of pink and blue, meaning attraction to both genders

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Pansexual Pride Flag

Pansexual Pride Flag

Created in 2010 by Evia Varney

Pansexuality is a sexual orientation where the individual has the capacity to be attracted to anyone, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.

Pink = people who are feminine
Blue = masculine
Yellow = everything in between

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Polysexual Pride Flag

Polysexual Pride Flag

Created by Sean Campbell in 1999

Polysexuality, unlike pansexuality, is the attraction to multiple genders but not all. A middle ground between bisexuality and pansexuality, it is centered more around attractions to femininity and masculinity rather than gender itself.

Pink = attraction to females
Blue = attracted to males
Green = attraction to those who don’t conform to gender

Asexual Pride Flag

Asexual Pride Flag

Created in 2001 by the the Asexual Visibility and Education Network.

Asexuality is someone who does not experience sexual attraction.

Black = asexuality
Grey = other ace-spectrum identities
White = allosexuality
Purple = asexuality community

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Agender Pride Flag

Agender Pride Flag

Created in 2014 by Salem

Agender people reject a gender completely. In this flag, black and white stripes represent the absence of gender, and green represents non-binary gender (the opposite of the gender-heavy purple).

Black and white = absence of gender
Grey = semi genderless
Green = non-binary genders

Aromantic Pride Flag

Aromantic Pride Flag

Created in 2914 by Cameron

Aromantic people do not experience romantic attraction, although they may experience other forms of attraction.

Green and light green = the aromantic spectrum
White = platonic/non-romantic relationships
Black and grey = sexuality spectrum

Lesbian Pride Flag

Lesbian Pride Flag

Created in 2018 by Nillia

Lesbianism is someone who identifies as a woman and who is attracted to women.

This flag was derived from the Lipstick Lesbian Flag (below).

Note: there are quite a few variations of the lesbian flag, but for this list, we have only included three.

Pink tones = feminine
Orange tones = butch

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Lipstick Lesbian Pride Flag

Lipstick Lesbian Pride Flag

Created in 2010 by This Lesbian Life

This flag represents lesbian women who are considered to be more feminine.

No specific colour or icon meaning.

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Labrys Lesbian Pride Flag

Labrys Lesbian Pride Flag

Created in 1999 by Sean Campbell

This flag is used as a symbol of empowerment for the lesbian community.

Labrys = ancient religious symbol representing matriarchal power
Upside triangle = a nod to the lesbian women in Nazi concentration camps who were forced to wear an inverted black triangle to identify them as asocial
Purple = a queer associated colour

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Intersex Pride Flag

Intersex Pride Flag

Created in 2013 by Morgan Carpenter

An intersex person is someone that is born with any manner of ‘ambiguity’ of gendered characteristics. This can include reproductive organs, genitals, hormones, chromosomes, or a combination thereof.

Yellow = intersex (neither blue or pink / male or female)
Circle = completeness
Purple = a commonly associated queer colour

Genderfluid Pride Flag

Genderfluid Pride Flag

Created in 2012 by JJ Poole

Genderfuid can be used as a specific identity or as a way to articulate the changing nature of a persons gender or expression.

Pink = femininity
Blue = masculinity
Purple = both femininity and masculinity
Black = lack of gender
White = all genders

Genderqueer Pride Flag

Genderqueer Pride Flag

Created in 2010 by Marilyn Roxie

Genderqueer is generally understood as person that is neither man or woman, possibly a mix of genders, and possibly fluid.

Purple = mix of blue and pink (male and female genders)
White = neutral gender
Green = inverse of purple, representing those who identify outside of binary genders

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Non-binary Pride Flag

Non-binary Pride Flag

Created in 2014 by Kye Rowan

Non-binary is an umbrella term for people who identify as a gender other than man or woman and/or who are not a man or woman exclusively.

Yellow = being outside of binary genders
Whte = all genders
Purple = fluidity and flexibility
Black = absence of gender

Straight Ally Pride Flag

Straight Ally Pride Flag

Created in the late 2000’s, origin unknown

An ally, straight ally, or heterosexual ally is a heterosexual and cisgender person who supports equal civil rights, gender equality, and LGBT social movements, and challenges homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia.

Black and white = heterosexual and/or cisgender people
Rainbow = queer people
A = Ally

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