The queer spectrum is a beautiful amalgamation of numerous sexualities and gender identities. And yet, for most of us, the first image that comes to mind when anyone says “pride” is just that of the traditional six-striped rainbow pride flag. Over the years, this flag has come to be synonymous with the queer community as a whole. However, it isn’t the only one that members of the queer community connect with. Since the experiences of each group within the queer spectrum are unique, a lot of them have opted to come up with their own pride flags.
While there are over 30 different queer pride flags in existence, we have collated the ones that are commonly used by the LGBTQIA+ community across India.
1. Traditional Rainbow Pride Flag
This is the pride flag most of us are familiar with. Though it was originally designed as a symbol of the gay community, today its symbolism extends to the LGBT movement as a whole. Here’s what the colours of this flag stand for:
Blue- Peace and harmony
2. Lesbian Flag
The original lesbian pride flag was created by Natalie McCray, and it had a red kiss mark on the top left corner. However, in 2018, McCray was accused of biphobia, transphobia, and racism, and her design was altered to the one shown here. The colours in this pride flag symbolise the following:
Darkest Orange- Gender non-conformity
Middle Orange- Independence
Lightest Orange- Community
White- Relationships unique to womanhood
Lightest Pink- Serenity and peace
Middle Pink- Love and sex
Darkest Pink- Femininity
3. Bisexual Flag
The bisexual pride flag was designed by Michael Page in 1998. In addition to representing the bisexual community, the design also symbolises the overlap of stereotypical colours for boys and girls. The coloured bands of the flag stand for the following:
Pink- Same-sex attraction
Blue- Opposite-sex attraction
Purple- Attraction to both sexes
4. Pansexual Flag
The pansexual flag emerged on the internet back in 2010. It is representative of pansexual people’s attraction to all genders, and each colour stands for different gender identities.
Yellow- Nonbinary and gender-nonconforming people
5. Asexual Flag
This flag was created in August 2010 to raise awareness about asexuality. There are different subsets of sexual identities within asexuality as well. These are represented through some of the coloured bands on the flag.
Black- Asexuality as a whole
Gray- Gray asexuality and demisexuality
6. Demisexual Flag
This subset under the asexuality spectrum opted to create its separate pride flag. Though the colours are similar to the pride flag for asexuality, it has a unique configuration that resonates with demisexuals.
7. Intersex Flag
Intersex is an umbrella term for people whose bodies don’t align with the gender binary of male and female at birth. The intersex flag was designed by Morgan Carpenter and uses nongendered colours to celebrate life outside the binary.
Yellow- Representative of a colour that doesn’t draw upon gender stereotypes
Purple Circle- Being unbroken and whole
8. Transgender Pride Flag
Transwoman Monica Helms created the transgender pride flag in 1999. As per Helms, “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.” The significance of the coloured bands of the flag is as follows:
Light Pink- Traditional colour for baby girls
Light Blue- Traditional colour for baby boys
White- Those who are transitioning
9. Genderfluid Flag
People who are genderfluid don’t identify with a specific gender at all times. Their gender identity shifts across the spectrum at different points. The genderfluid flag is representative of the same.
White- No gender
Purple- Combination of masculinity and femininity
Black- All genders
10. Genderqueer Flag
The genderqueer flag was designed by Marilyn Roxie in 2011. It is also referred to as a nonbinary flag by people who think of the term “queer” as a slur. Here’s what the genderqueer flag’s colours represent:
White- Agender identities
Green- Nonbinary identities
11. Polysexual Flag
Unlike the pansexual identity, wherein individuals are attracted to all genders, people who identify as polysexual are attracted to multiple genders but not all. According to some, polysexuality lies between bisexuality and pansexuality on the queer spectrum. The flag’s colours are representative of the following:
Pink- Attraction to females
Green- Attraction to those who don’t conform to either gender
Blue- Attraction to males
12. Agender Flag
Agender people don’t identify with any gender. However, the colours of the agender pride flag also represent individuals who identify as non-binary.
Black and White- Absence of gender
Green- Nonbinary gender identity
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