Oh, 2020? I don’t know her. Luckily, that incredibly tough year is finally over for all of us, and we’re bringing all sorts of positive vibes with us into this new year. If you’re a member of the LGBTQ, there is no time like the present to invest in that pride flag you’ve had your eye on for, like, forever. Here are just a few rad pride flags to flaunt now that it’s FINALLY 2021.
The Classic LGBTQ Pride Flag
Yes, this iconic rainbow flag has been the OG, the symbol of gay pride since Gilbert Baker designed the original back in 1978. You may not know this, but the original iteration of this flag consisted of eight colors. Each of the original eight colors included in this beautiful symbol of pride has a meaning. From top to bottom, the color hot pink is for sex, red for life, orange symbolizes healing, yellow represents sunlight, green signifies nature, turquoise standing for art, indigo to promote harmony, and violet to represent spirit.
In 1979, the flag design was simplified, dropping the pink and indigo stripes to create the six color flag we know and love today.
No matter which of the letters in the LGBTQ you are, the rainbow pride flag is for you, and it has some newer iterations designed for more inclusivity.
The Intersectional Pride Flag
This version has black and brown lines added at the top of the usual rainbow to represent people of color in the LGBTQ community.
The Progress Pride Flag
Daniel Quasar designed this 2018 version with a triangle shape added to the left side that includes black and brown stripes to signify the inclusion of LGBTQ members that are people of color and white, pink and blue stripes as a nod to the trans pride flag.
Lesbian Pride Flag
Though there have been a few different Lesbian Pride Flags, the community has landed on one featuring orange, pink, and red shades. Used to symbolize women primarily romantically and sexually attracted to women (a very simplified definition), today’s version of the flag has five stripes of color; from top to bottom, dark orange, orange, white, light pink, and a burgundy shade.
Bisexual Pride Flag
Though many people misunderstand the term bisexual, people who identify as bisexual are attracted to two or more genders. The term can mean different things to different people within the community, but it includes non-binary and gender-fluid individuals, despite the misconception that “bi” means “binary.”
The bi pride flag is characterized by a thick magenta stripe at the top to symbolize homosexual attraction, a thick blue bar at the bottom to represent heterosexual attraction, and a thin purple line in the middle to convey interest to both and non-binary individuals.
Trans Pride Flag
Created by Monica Helms (a trans woman) in 1999, this flag features light pink and light blue shades, the traditional colors used to identify baby boys and girls. These two are separated in the middle by a white stripe to symbolize transitioning, intersex individuals, and people who identify with no gender or are gender-neutral.
This list is by no means all-inclusive, and there are far more pride flags for everyone who identifies within the LGBTQ community. There is a flag for non-binary folks specifically and one for genderfluid people, so all gender identities have their flag to represent their pride. There are specific pride flags for everyone on the spectrum, flags for asexual and aromantic individuals, people who identify as pansexual, polysexual, or demisexual. Just pick whichever ones feel right for you.