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POWER IN PRIDE! 9 LGBTQ+ Flags and What They Stand For 🏳️‍🌈

Pride is all about freedom and being able to love who you want and who you are. The LGBTQ+ movement is ever-growing, which means all the different flags and symbols may be confusing at first. This guide will help you understand what each of the pride flags means.🌈


Remember, no matter which you choose to fly, you have the freedom to choose which represents you!

LGBT Rainbow

Probably the most familiar, the rainbow flag is widely used as a symbol for the entire LGBT+ community. Each colour has it's own meaning:


Pink: Sex
Red: Life
Orange: Healing
Yellow: Sun
Green: Nature
Turquoise: Magic

  
Celebrating pride has to be fully inclusive, and that needs to involve recognising and elevating people of colour. This was recognised by the City of Philadelphia in 2017, who realised that we need people of all races to feel comfortable and seen in the LGBTQIA+ community. It’s only two more stripes but it’s a change that can make a real difference.
Check out our POC rainbow flag socks.

Pansexual

Why subscribe to loving only one gender? Pansexuality is feeling love for the person rather than what their gender identity is.


Blue: Male
Pink: Female
Yellow: Those who don’t sit under a gender-confirming binary.
It’s a love of ALL people no matter who they are which makes being pansexual so special.

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Non-Binary

Sometimes you’ve got to ask, why live your life within the restricting boundaries of male or female? You can just thrive in between! If you feel as though you don’t fit under traditional binaries, this is the flag for you!

Yellow Stripe: People who identify outside of the gender binary
White Stripe: People who identify as many or all genders
Purple Stripe: The combination of male and female genders
Black Stripe: Agender people

Bi-sexual

When you are bi-sexual, you have a physical or romantic attraction to two or more genders. The community is valid, present and needs to be heard. Whether you are attracted to both genders equally. One more than the other – or are questioning your sexuality. This flag hears you, as amazing as you are!


Pink: Attraction to people of the same gender
Purple: Attraction to two or more genders
Blue: Attraction to people of a different gender

Straight Ally

Even if you don’t identify as LGBTQIA+, you can still help to directly address the equality imbalance of people who do. You can be the best straight ally if you educate yourself, start discussions and celebrate the work of the community. The straight ally flag represents all straight and cis-gender people who are allies of the LGBTQ+ community. The ‘A’ stands for ally and activist, proudly showing an active role in championing LGBTQ+ rights and inclusion.


“A”: Allies
Rainbow: LGBTQ+ community
Black and White Stripes: Straight and cisgender people


Check out how you can support your LGBTQ friend as a straight ally 

Lesbian

 

Alexa, play ‘Girls, Girls, Girls! Lesbians are the L in LGBT, a diverse spectrum of incredible people. This flag celebrates everything that makes girls who love girls great!


Dark Orange Stripe: Gender nonconformity
Middle Orange Stripe: Independence
Light Orange Stripe: The lesbian community
White Stripe: Unique connections to womanhood
Light Pink Stripe: Serenity/peace
Middle Pink Stripe: Love/sex
Dark Pink Stripe: Femininity

Genderqueer

What makes being genderqueer so beautiful is the fluidity of it, it’s when you don’t identify with typical binary genders. Sometimes you just got to live your life outside traditional male/female boundaries and celebrate how awesome it is! The word ‘Queer’ has been used negatively over the years but this is a way of the LGBTQ+ reclaiming a word used against them, into something positive and beautiful.

Umbrella term for people who identify with non-binary genders
Lavender Stripe: Androgyny, a combination of traditional male blue and female pink
White Stripe: The agender community
Chartreuse Green Stripe: The inverse colour to lavender, people who are outside of the gender binary

A-Sexual

Sometimes you can feel little or no sexual attraction to others and that’s okay! You’re not alone and there is a whole community of people who are the same. Let’s use this flag to help other people who are A-Sexual and normalize conversations about this amazing identity.  


Black Stripe: Asexuality
Gray Stripe: People who identify as grey-asexual and demi-asexual (people who fall between asexuality and sexuality)
White Stripe: The non-asexual partners and supporters of people in the community
Purple Stripe: The asexual community as a whole

 

Transgender

Did you know that one of the most incredible things you can do is live your life as the gender you want to be, no matter what you were assigned to at birth. The transgender flag is a symbol for those wishing to represent their true identity. What makes this flag so unique is that no matter which way you hold it, the flag is always on the right side up! Symbolising how there is no right or wrong gender to be who you want to be.


Pink Stripe: Traditional colour for baby girls
White Stripe: Intersex, transitioning, or other gendered people
Blue Stripe: Traditional colour for baby boys


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