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Butch Lesbian Pride Flag

Author: Sexual Diversity
Author Contact: Sexual Diversity (SexualDiversity.org)
Published: 20th Nov 2022
Peer-Reviewed Publication: N/A
Additional References: LGBTQ+ Flags Publications

Summary: The Butch Lesbian Pride flag, designed using shades of blue and purple, is one variation of several lesbian flags.


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What is a Butch Lesbian?

In lesbian culture, the word 'butch' indicates a woman whose gender expression and traits are present as typically 'masculine.' Being butch is about playing with and questioning traditional binary male and female gender roles and expressions.

The Butch Lesbian Pride Flag

Before the design of the Butch Lesbian flag, lesbians who fell under the "butch" category did not feel the more feminine Lipstick Lesbian Flag and the lightly colorful Lesbian Pride Flag represented them properly. The lipstick lesbian flag has been criticized for excluding butch lesbians. Some members of the lesbian community do not consider the derivative pink lesbian flag to be inclusive of butches, either.

The butch lesbian flag is one variation of several lesbian flags, including the lipstick lesbian flag and labrys lesbian flag. The first butch lesbian pride flag was created in 2016 by tumbler user Dorian-rutherford using shades of blues and purple. The flag was designed for lesbians who do not identify with the lipstick lesbian flag due to its feminine nature.

Another variation of the butch lesbian flag was created in 2017 by tumbler user butchspace to represent butch positivity using shades of orange. Today, both variations of the butch lesbian flag are slowly gaining traction in the community.

The Butch Lesbian Pride flag was created in the style of the Rainbow Pride Flag and the Lesbian Pride Flag, but with darker, more "masculine" colors as an alternative to the lighter feminine colors of the original. Although the flag designer never explicitly explained the meaning of the colored stripes, people assume blue represents masculinity and purple represents lesbian and woman-identified individuals. White represents people across the gender and sexuality spectrums more broadly.

Butch Lesbian Pride Flag

The Butch Lesbian Pride flag features seven stripes: three stripes using shades of blue, a white center stripe, and three stripes of shades of purple.The Butch Lesbian Pride flag features seven stripes: three stripes using shades of blue, a white center stripe, and three stripes of shades of purple.

What the Butch Lesbian Pride Flag Colors Mean

The Butch Lesbian Flag Color Codes
Dark Blue HEX = #1b3486 RGB = 27,52,134
Mid Blue HEX = #697db6 RGB = 105,125,182
Greyish Blue HEX = #8a92a9 RGB = 138,146,169
White HEX = #FFFFFF RGB = 255, 255, 255
Lavender HEX = #d1c6e8 RGB = 209,198, 232
Mid Purple HEX = #600fd6 RGB = 96,15, 214
Dark Purple HEX = #51038a RGB = 81,3,138

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Thumbnail image: Image of the Polyamory Pride flag consisting of three equal horizontal colored stripes, blue, red, and black, with a gold Greek lowercase letter pi symbol in the center.
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
Thumbnail image: Image of the alternative five striped Bi-gender Pride Flag showing the addition of a yellow colored stripe.Thumbnail image: Image of the seven striped Bi-gender Pride Flag for people who identify as male and female and may go between the two genders or combine them.
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
Thumbnail image: Image of the Lipstick Lesbian Flag designed in 2010 by Natalie McCray featuring six shades of pink and red stripes, one white one in the middle, and a red kiss overlay.
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
Thumbnail image: The Butch Lesbian Pride flag features seven stripes: three stripes using shades of blue, a white center stripe, and three stripes of shades of purple.
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


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• (APA): Sexual Diversity. (2022, November 20). Butch Lesbian Pride Flag. SexualDiversity.org. Retrieved December 2, 2022 from www.sexualdiversity.org/edu/flags/1097.php


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