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.

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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 FlagThe 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:

Red- Life

Orange- Healing

Yellow- Sunlight

Green- Nature

Blue- Peace and harmony

Purple- Spirit

2. Lesbian Flag

The lesbian pride 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

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 pride 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.

Pink- Women

Yellow- Nonbinary and gender-nonconforming people

Blue- Men

5. Asexual Flag

The 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

White- Sexuality

Purple- Community

6. Demisexual Flag

The 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

The intersex pride 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

The 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

The 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.

Pink- Femininity

White- No gender

Purple- Combination of masculinity and femininity

Black- All genders

Blue- Masculinity

10. Genderqueer Flag

The genderqueer tricolour 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:

Lavender- Androgyny

White- Agender identities

Green- Nonbinary identities

11. Polysexual Flag

The polysexual tricolour 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

The agender pride 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

Gray- Semi-genderlessness

Green- Nonbinary gender identity

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