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Guide to LGBTQ+ Flags

Updated/Revised Date: 12th Nov 2022
Author: Sexual Diversity | Contact: SexualDiversity.org
Additional References: LGBTQ+ Flags Publications

Synopsis: Information and images of LGBTQ+ flags, including designs and colors, meanings and symbolism, and a guide to their history.

Definition

Pride Flag

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. The terms LGBT flag and queer flag are often used interchangeably. The rainbow flag is the most widely used LGBT flag and LGBT symbol in general. The rainbow flag's derivations are used to focus attention on specific similar-interest groups within the community. Some pride flags are not exclusively related to LGBT matters, such as the polyamory flag.

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The original rainbow flag, called the Freedom Flag, was devised by Gilbert Baker in 1978. The design has undergone several revisions since its debut with eight colored stripes, and currently, the most common variant consists of 6 stripes: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet. Using a rainbow flag as a symbol of gay pride began in San Francisco, California, but eventually became common at LGBT rights events worldwide.

The popularity of the rainbow flag has influenced the creation and adoption of a wide variety of multi-color multi-striped flags used to communicate specific identities within the LGBT community, including the bisexual pride flag, pansexual pride flag, and the transgender pride flag.

Picture of Gilbert Baker's original Freedom Flag showing the meaning of the eight colors. The eight colors (from top to bottom) are Hot Pink for sexuality, Red for life, Orange for healing, Yellow for sunlight, Green for nature, Turquoise for magic, Blue for serenity, and Violet for spirit.
Picture of Gilbert Baker's original Freedom Flag showing the meaning of the eight colors. The eight colors (from top to bottom) are Hot Pink for sexuality, Red for life, Orange for healing, Yellow for sunlight, Green for nature, Turquoise for magic, Blue for serenity, and Violet for spirit.

The well-known rainbow-colored flag symbolizes lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) pride and LGBT social movements. The rainbow flag, also known as the gay pride flag or LGBT pride flag, reflects the sexual diversity of the LGBT community and the spectrum of human sexuality and gender.

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Latest LGBTQ+ Flags Publications

The above information is from our reference library of material relating to LGBTQ+ Flags that includes:

Polyamory Pride Flag thumbnail image.
The Polyamory Pride flag consists of three equal-height horizontal blue, red, and black, colored stripes, with a gold Greek lowercase letter pi symbol in the center of the flag.
Author: Sexual Diversity
Publish Date: 28th Nov 2022
Bigender Pride Flag thumbnail image.Bigender Pride Flag thumbnail image.
The Bigender Pride Flag features seven colored stripes pink, purple, blue with a white stripe in the middle to represent bigender people.
Author: Sexual Diversity
Publish Date: 22nd Nov 2022
Lipstick Lesbian Flag thumbnail image.
The Lipstick Lesbian Flag, designed in 2010 by Natalie McCray, has six shades of pink and red stripes, one white one in the middle, and a red kiss printed on them.
Author: Sexual Diversity
Publish Date: 20th Nov 2022
Butch Lesbian Pride Flag thumbnail image.
The Butch Lesbian Pride flag, designed using shades of blue and purple, is one variation of several lesbian flags.
Author: Sexual Diversity
Publish Date: 20th Nov 2022
Lesbian Pride Flags thumbnail image.Lesbian Pride Flags thumbnail image.
Information and example images, including color codes of the five and seven-stripe Lesbian Pride flags.
Author: Sexual Diversity
Publish Date: 19th Nov 2022 - Updated: 20th Nov 2022


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• (APA): SexualDiversity.org. (2022, November 12). Guide to LGBTQ+ Flags. SexualDiversity.org. Retrieved December 2, 2022 from www.sexualdiversity.org/edu/flags/


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