June is officially recognized as ‘Pride Month’ globally. It celebrates sexual diversity and equal rights for the LGBT+ community. Pride comes in all colours and shapes! Here are the various vibrant flags that represent the LGBTQ+.
6-Striped LGBTQ+ Pride Flag
The rainbow pride flag was originally designed by artist Gilbert Baker with 8 colours in it but has undergone several changes. A symbol of LGBTQ pride, the flag reflects the diversity of the community.
Transgender Pride Flag
The transgender pride flag is composed of blue (traditional for boys), pink (traditional for girls), and the middle stripe of white. The white stripe holds significance for those who are intersex, transitioning or are of neutral or undefined gender. It was created by American trans woman Monica Helms in 1999.
Bisexual Pride Flag
The bisexual pride flag was devised by Michael Page in 1998 to amplify the voice of bisexuals. It uses the colours pink, lavender, and blue in a 2:1:2 ratio. Pink represents sexual attraction to the same sex, the blue stripe symbolizes attraction to the opposite sex while lavender, the overlapping stripe, represents sexual attraction to both the sexes.
The Lesbian Flag
The official lesbian flag consists of seven different shades of pink, white and red. It can also feature a lipstick mark in one corner to celebrate the subculture of Lipstick Lesbian as the associated members intend to identify themselves with a ‘feminine rather than a “butch” image’.
Pansexual Pride Flag
The pansexual pride flag conveys that pansexuals have relationships with people of different genders and sexualities. It has three horizontal bars of magenta, yellow, and cyan. Cyan represents sexual attraction to those who identify within the male spectrum, while magenta represents attraction to those on the female spectrum. The yellow stripe in middle symbolizes attraction to non-binary people.
Intersex Pride Flag
The intersex pride flag has a purple ring in the middle of a yellow square. The ring stands for “unbroken and unornamented wholeness and completeness” of intersex people who do not fit the mainstream definitions of male or female bodies.
Asexual Pride Flag
Starting from the top, the asexual pride flag consists of four horizontal stripes: black, grey, white, and purple. The black represents asexuality while grey is for the undefined area between asexual (purple) and sexual (white.)
Demisexual Pride Flag
The demisexual pride flag has the same colours as that of the asexual pride flag but has a different design. It stands for those who are sexually attracted to only those people with whom they have an emotional connection.
Nonbinary Pride Flag
The nonbinary pride flag carries four colours. The first yellow stripe is for those whose gender exists without reference to the binary. The purple is for people whose gender is a mix of male and female, white is for those who identify with many genders. The final black stripe is for those who feel they do not belong to any gender.