Lgbt Pride Flags: All the Flags and What They Mean

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Whether you are celebrating Pride in USA or other part of the world, you will see all sorts of Lgbt Pride Flags. I think you all are familiar with rainbow. The rainbow flag first appeared in the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade 1978 designed by Gilbert Bake. It has been a symbol of the LGBT community since then. But there’s more than the rainbow. There are many sexualities in on the queer spectrum, and flag for each one of them. Transgender, bisexual, asexual, and pansexual pride flags etc.

These Lgbt Pride Flags represent the LGBT movement as a whole with sexual orientations, gender identities, subcultures, and regional purposes. Let’s see 10 Lgbt Pride Flags.

1. Gay Pride Flag

Most familiar flag in all Lgbt Pride Flags. Rainbow flag is widely recognized symbol of the LGBT community and is seen at Pride events all around the world. Originally designed by Gilbert Bake for the 1978 San Francisco Gay Freedom Day celebration. It had eight color stripes. Each colour in the flag represents something different.

Hot pink (sex), red (life), orange (healing), yellow (sunlight), green (nature), turquoise (magic/art), indigo (serenity) and violet (spirit)

Due to a lack of fabric hot pink color was removed for that reason Flag in 1978-79 had Seven-stripe. As hot pink and turquoise fabric were difficult to acquire, it evolved into the common six-stripe flag in 1979. And till today we are all most familiar with this six-stripe flag.


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Six-stripes Gay Pride Flag (1979-present)

2. Transgender Pride Flag

Designed by trans woman Monica Helms, a navy veteran in 1999. It made its official debut a year later at Pride parade in Phoenix, Arizona.

Helms explained, “The light blue is the traditional color for baby boys, pink is for girls, and the white in the middle is for those who are transitioning, those who feel they have a neutral gender or no gender, and those who are intersexed.” She added, “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.”

She carried the flag everywhere with her for years in many pride parades, but it start gaining popularity after 2013.


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3. Bisexual Pride Flag

The bisexual pride flag was designed by Michael Page in 1998.  in order to brings visibility to the bisexual community. Page said that the message of the flag was the idea that the purple blends into both the blue and pink in the same way that bisexual people often blend unnoticed into both gay and straight communities. The flag was inspired by an older symbol of bisexuality: the “biangles,” two overlapping pink and dark blue triangles.

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4. Lesbian Pride Flag

Labrys Lesbian Pride Flag

The labrys lesbian flag was created in 1999 by graphic designer Sean Campbell. Yes by a Man. It features a labrys, an ax-like weapon used by Grecian amazons. In the 1970s labrys was adopted as a symbol of empowerment by the lesbian feminist community. Although the flag has not gained much traction in the lesbian community.

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Labrys Lesbian Pride Flag

Lipstick Lesbian Flag

It consists of six shades of red and pink colors and a white bar in the center. The original flag includes a bright red kiss in the corner.

The lipstick lesbian flag represents “homosexual women who exhibits a greater amount of feminine gender expression”. such as wear make-up, dresses or skirts, and having other characteristics associated with feminine women.

Instead of original kiss flag, people use non-kiss variant more.

Lesbian Community Pride Flag

The lesbian community pride flag was introduced on social media in 2018. Dark orange bar indicating ‘gender nonconforming’. You might not find many lesbian pride flags out at march, many lesbians opt for rainbow flag.

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lesbian community pride flag introduced on social media in 2018

5. Intersex Pride Flag

A person who is born with variations in sex characteristics. Intersex flag is  designed by the Organization Intersex International Australia in 2013, flag intentionally uses non-gendered colors yellow and purple to celebrate the intersex community.

The group explain the meaning of the flag: “The circle is unbroken and unornamented, symbolizing wholeness and completeness, and our potentialities. We are still fighting for bodily autonomy and genital integrity, and this symbolizes the right to be who and how we want to be.”

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Louis Staal
Louis Staal
December 11, 2021 12:27 am

Where is the straight flag ?

February 27, 2022 3:18 pm
Reply to  Louis Staal

it says lgbt for a reason- theres straight ally which is straight- unless your homophobic

April 3, 2022 4:19 pm
Reply to  Louis Staal

straight is not a part of the lgbt community, straight people have MANY rights. Lgbt people do not, let us at least have a damn flag.

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