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LGBTQ+ Pride Flags And What They Mean

LGBTQ+ Pride Flags And What They Mean

There are hundreds of pride flags from all over the world. And each pride flag has its own story to tell. However, there are many flags that you might have not seen and we can guarantee that you would not know what they mean.
Well, now you will. Here’s a list of pride flags that are completely unseen or unheard by many.

History of pride flags

Did you know how the first rainbow flag came to be?
It all started in 1978. A San Franciscan artist named Gilbert Baker created the first rainbow flag to represent the LGBTQ+ community.
Being a designer, Gilbert could have out a copyright on the flag. And by now he would have been a millionaire. However, he allowed everyone and anyone to use it. It was sort of like a gift to the world. Since then Bakers rainbow pride flag has been waved in many pride parades all over the world and has now become one of the best-known symbols on the planet.This rainbow pride flag became an inspiration to other designers. They ended up creating pride flags to represent different LGBTQ+ identities. With so many flags it might get hard to keep a track of what flags stand for what identity. So let’s have a look at some of the flags and what they actually mean.

Agender Pride Flag

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This pride flag is used to identify those who are agender or genderless. These are those people who literally reject the idea of having a gender.

The black and white stripes represent the absence of gender. The gray lines on the flag stand for those people who identify as semi or demi genderless. The green line in the middle is for people who are non-binary.

This flag was first spotted on Tumblr in February 2014. It has now become quite common.

 

Ally Pride Flag

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This is a straight ally flag that celebrated all straight and cis-gender people who are proud allies of the LGBTQ+ community. It was first introduced in the late 2000s.

The black and white stripes represent heterosexual genders. While the A-shaped rainbow stands for ally and activist. There are other straight flags that have been used against the LGBTQ+ community. But this one shows how friends, families, and colleagues support the community.

Bear Pride Flag

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Bears are generally a part of a gay bi male subculture. They are masculine and hairy guys. A psychology undergraduate Craig Byrnes worked with the bear community to create the Bear Pride Flag. They created the flag in 1995.

The bear flag represents bears of all backgrounds and races. The colors on the flag are not human skin tones. They are the fur colors of animal bears from around the world. This flag is also known as the international bar brotherhood flag.

Bigender Pride Flag

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Bigender are those who feel simultaneously both male and female. Sometimes you can swap between those roles or take the best of both.

However, the pinks and blues represent femininity and masculinity respectively. The purple stripes are for those genders combined.

The white stripe in the middle is taken from the center of the Trans Pride Flag. The white in this flag stands for non-binary identities and shifting from one gender to another.

Hijra Pride Flag

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Hijra shares both a long culture and gender identity. Hijras live together in small groups across South Asia. They are guided by a guru. Hijras include trans women, intersex and other gender non-conforming people.

The flag combines both gender and spiritual symbolism. The pink and blue are fro those hijras who identify with binary genders as trans people. While white is for those who are non-binary. The red represents the divinity they are blessed with by a Hindu god Rama.

Lipstick Lesbian Pride Flag

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The Lipstick Lesbian Pride Flag represents lesbians with more feminine gender expression.

The original version had a lipstick kiss symbol on the top right corner. This flag is also used without a kiss. Some people have presented a flag as an alternative to the whole lesbian community.

However, there were a few that rejected the idea. They argued that red and pink shades do not represent butch women.

Omnisexual Pride Flag

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Omnisexuality is an attraction to people of all genders. It is slightly different from pansexuality which is attraction to people regardless of their genders.

Unsurprisingly the pink shades mean attraction to feminine people and the blue means attraction to masculine people. The black stripes in the middle stand for other genders.

These are only a few flags that represent sexuality in the LGBTQ + community. There are hundreds of other flags that are used to represent various genders and sexualities.

Next read: Monuments and Memorials That Stand For LGBTQ+ Pride

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