June is Pride Month, and that means that Pride parades are almost certainly going to be coming to a major city near you.
Also, you’re likely to start seeing all kinds of different Pride flags flying thought the month. And while most people are familiar with the basic rainbow design of the Pride flag, there are actually quite a few different types of Pride flags, and they all have their special meanings.
We’re here to help arm you with some of the knowledge required to see some of these nuances are Pride Month kicks off. So, with that, here are 10 different Pride flags and what they mean.
10 Pride Flags
- Rainbow Flag: This is the Pride flag that everyone knows. It has the by now well-known rainbow design and was originally created by artist Gilbert Baker as a symbol of San Francisco’s gay community, though it now acts as a symbol of the LGBTQ+ community as a whole. It was originally unfurled at the Pride Parade on June 25, 1978.
- Philadelphia POC Flag: In 2017, the city of Philadelphia decided to put a spin on the original Pride flag design. They added the colors black and brown, symbolizing acceptance of black and brown people who also happen to be part of the LGBTQ+ community.
- Transgender Flag: The Transgender Flag was designed in 1999 by Monic Helms and originally flown in 2000 at the Phoenix Pride Parade. Its colors are light blue, pink and white — light blue for men, pink for women, and white for those who are non-binary.
- Progress Flag: This flag takes the original Pride Flag colors and adds an arrow with black, brown, white, pink, and light blue stripes. These colors symbolize not just people of color, but trans people as well. The arrow represents the forward movement of progress toward greater acceptance.
- Lesbian Flag: This flag consists of seven different colored stripes in descending order which represent the following qualities: gender non-conformity, independence, community, serenity, peace, love, and sex, unique relationships to womanhood and femininity.
- Bisexual Flag: This flag is pink from the top and blue from the bottom, symbolizing attraction to women and men, respectively. But then, a purple stripe in the middle symbolizes a melding of these two attractions.
- Asexual Flag: Some people are asexual, and they need a flag too. In descending order, this flag’s black stripe represents asexuality, the grey stripe represents a “grey area” between sexuality and asexuality, the white stripe represents sexuality, and the purple stripe represents community between all of these different types.
- Non-Binary Flag: This flag is for people who don’t fit into the male/female gender binary. Designed in 2014, it consists of five stripes. The yellow stripe is for those who are outside of the gender binary, the white stripe is for those who are multi-gendered, the purple stripe is for those whose gender mixes elements of male and female, and the black stripe is for those who are agender and have no gender at all.
- Intersex Flag: Intersex people are those with sex hormones, chromosomes, or sex organs that are neither completely male nor completely female. Their flag, created in 2013 by Intersex Human Rights Australia, features a purple ring inside of a field of yellow.
- Pansexual Flag: This flag is for those who feel sexual attraction to everyone throughout and beyond the gender spectrum.