Common Flags Seen at Pride
A Pride flag is any flag that represents a segment or part of the LGBT+ community. Pride in this case refers to the notion of "Gay Pride" back in the 80/90's. In the 00/10's Pride also recognises the Bisexual and Trans segments of the community with it now called "Pride" or the "Pride Movement". Much more recently the fringes around it known as the "plus", for example Asexuality are also included and recognised. The rainbow flag is the most widely used flag and symbol for the LGBT+ community.
Today the Progress flag is the most adopted flag to show more inclusivity. In the UK, there was significant adoption of it in 2021 following the "Clap for Carers" campaign during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. This was due to Pride events not being able to be held that year; Rainbow Pride flags were repurposed to this campaign adding confusion to what it stands for.
The terms "LGBT+ flags" and "queer flags" are often used interchangeably.
Rainbow - Retro 8
Original eight-stripe rainbow flag for the 1978 Gay and Lesbian Freedom Day Parade in San Francisco designed by Gilbert Baker.Rainbow - Classic 6
After the assassination of gay San Francisco City Supervisor Harvey Milk on November 27, 1978, demand for the rainbow flag greatly increased. In response, the hot pink stripe was dropped due to fabric shortage. In 1979, the flag was modified again. Baker decided to split the motif in two with an even number of stripes flanking each lamp pole. To achieve this effect, he dropped the turquoise stripe that had been used in the seven-stripe flag. The result was the six-stripe version of the flag that would become the standard for future production — red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet.Straight Ally
A person who identifies as heterosexual but supports the LGBT+ communities and the activities.Rainbow - Philadelphia
The flag is meant to recognise the legacy of activism and anchor inclusion as an essential part of Philly Pride. The new black and brown stripes represented the Black and Latino communities.Rainbow - Progress
Designed in 2018 by graphic designer Daniel Quasar, Quasar added a five-colored chevron to the classic Rainbow Flag to place a greater emphasis on "inclusion and progression".Rainbow - Progress (Intersex Inclusive)
An updated version to the Progress Pride flag by the Intersex Equality Rights UK, which included a yellow triangle and purple circle to represent the intersex community.
- Sexual Orientation
Sexual orientation is an enduring pattern of sexual attraction to persons of the opposite sex or gender, the same sex or gender, or to both sexes or more than one gender.
- Black is for Asexuality;
- Grey is for Grey-Asexuality and Demisexuality;
- White is for Non-Asexual partners and allies;
- Purple is for Community.
A person who is sexually attracted not exclusively to people of one particular gender, attracted to both men and woman.Lesbian Larbys
The labrys was adopted in the 1970's by lesbian feminists as a symbol representing strength and empowerment.
The color violet became associated with lesbians through the representation of the violet flower as a symbol of lesbian love, which originates from a poem by Sappho about a lost love wearing a garland of "violet tiaras, braided rosebuds, dill and crocus".
The labrys is superimposed within an inverted black triangle rooted in Nazi Germany. Similar to the pink triangle design, the black triangle was used in concentration camps to designate prisoners with anti-social behavior, which included lesbians.Asexual
Along with a sexual orientation, people have what’s called a romantic or affectional orientation that describes who that person might be romantically attracted to.
In many people, the sexual and romantic orientations are aligned, so people tend not to think about them being separate concepts.
The flag has four horizontal stripes, from top to bottom:Demisexual
A Demisexual person generally needs a very strong emotional connection to someone in order to feel attracted to them sexually.Lesbian Lipstick
A feminine lesbian who is attracted to other feminine female-identified people.Pansexual
A symbol for the pansexual community to increase its visibility and recognition, and distinguish itself from bisexuality.Polysexual
A polysexual person is someone who is sexually and/or romantically attracted to multiple genders. It is not the same as being bisexual or pansexual, although all of these sexualities involve being attracted to more than one gender.Sapphic
Sapphic, also known as woman loving woman (WLW), girls loving girls (GLG), LMQ (Lesbian, M-spec, Queer), difemina, or sapphist, refers to a woman, woman-aligned and/or non-binary individual, who is attracted to women, exclusively or not.Gay Men
A person who is sexually attracted to people of one's one sex.Lesbian Community (5 Stripe)
In a collaborative attempt over a year the Community Lesbian Flag was created with the goal to create a flag that could represent all lesbians, not just a subset.Omnisexual
People who identify as omnisexual are attracted to those of all gender identities and sexual orientations.
- Biological Sex
A medical term used to refer to the chromosomal, hormonal and anatomical characteristics that are used to classifiy an individual as female or male or intersex. Often referred to as simply "sex" "Physical sex" or specifically as " sex assigned at birth".Intersex
The condition of having both male and female sex organs or other sexual characteristics.
- Gender Identity
A person’s innate sense of their own gender, whether male, female or something else (see non-binary below), which may or may not correspond to the sex assigned at birth.Transgender
A person whose sense of personal identity and gender does not correspond with their birth sex.Demiboy
A person whose gender identity is only partly male, regardless of their assigned gender at birth.Demigirl
A person whose gender identity is only partly female, regardless of their assigned gender at birth.Genderqueer
A person who does not subscribe to conventional genders, identifying with neither, both, or a combination of male and female genders.Agender
A person who is "without gender". It can be seen either as non-binary identity or as a statement of not having a gender identity.Non-Binary
A person whose gender is not defined in terms of traditional binary oppositions such as male or female.Genderfluid
Denoting or relating to a person who does not identify themselves as having a fixed gender.Trigender
A person who feels they have three simultaneous or fluctuating genders
- Gender Expression
How a person chooses to outwardly express their gender, within the context of societal expectations of gender. A person who does not conform to societal expectations of gender may not, however, identify as trans.Feather
The Feather Pride Flag is a symbol for the Drag community, which encompass those who are into Drag Queens, Fancy Kings, their courts and fetishes.
- Romantic Orientation
Romantic attraction occurs when someone finds an emotional connection with another person, and this can include appreciating their personality, valuing their opinions, and looking to them for support.Aromantic
A person who lacks interest or desire for romantic relationshipsDemiromantic
A Demiromantic person generally needs a very strong emotional connection to someone in order to feel attracted to them romantically.
- Kink & Fetish
The leather pride flag is a symbol used by the leather subculture since the 1990s. It has since become associated with leather in general and also with related groups such as the BDSM community.Leather Boy
The Leather Boy Pride flag represents the Boys/Bois subgroup of the leather subculture. The word originally denoted younger and submissive gay men with an appreciation for older and dominant men, who were often newcomers to the community as well.Bear Brotherhood
Designed to represent the bear subculture within the LGBT community. The colours of the flag are meant to include the colours of the furs of animal bears throughout the world, not necessarily referring to human skin and hair colour tones.Leather Girl
A member of a female sexual subculture characterised by a fetish for leather clothing.BDSM
The BDSM rights flag is intended to represent the belief that people whose sexuality or relationship preferences include BDSM practises deserve the same human rights as everyone else.Puppy Play
In puppy play, or dog play, one if the participants acts out canine mannerisms and behaviours, which is sometimes associated with leather culture.Rubber/Latex
Is a community of people which a fetish or like to wear or the look of rubber or latex. This can include anyone of any identity.
Polyamory refers to people who have multiple romantic relationships at the same time. It does not mean any type of open relationship that may include more casual sexual partners. In many polyamorous relationships, each partner is aware of the other ones.