If you’re one of the 5.6% of Americans who identify as LGBT, you already know how amazing pride is. It’s more than simply an identity- it’s both a community and a movement.
Like any other movement, there are visual cues that you’re a part of a larger- and prouder- group. Here, we’re going to talk about some of the main reasons why LGBTQ+ flags are important. Read on to learn some of the most common flags that you might want to let fly!
Why Are LGBTQ+ Flags Important?
There are a lot of reasons why pride flags are important. They don’t just symbolize your own pride in the community but bring unity between you and other LGBT people. When you wear pride flags as part of your outfit or hang them by your home, you show that you’re a safe person for others in the community.
All pride flags are a symbol of inclusion and solidarity. They show that you not only accept but celebrate those who have different genders and sexualities to you. They also are usually seen as representative of LGBT communities fighting for their own freedoms and rights.
They’re a push for inclusion and acceptance above all else. Activists have been using them for decades to find other LGBT people and get to know them. Today, they still can be used in this way.
The Gay Flag
When you think of the gay pride flag, you likely think of the rainbow. This design was adopted in 1978 and has since been used as a symbol for homosexuality. However, as the LGBT community expanded past solely same-sex attraction, the rainbow flag has become a blanked symbol to represent LGBT pride.
Because they deserve their own smaller community in addition to the larger one, gay men have recently adopted a second flag. This seven-stripe flag has shades of green and blue beginning from forest green and ending with navy. The white stripe in the center is between light green and blue hues.
While this MLM flag is not 100% mainstream yet, the community has been adopting it quickly. Many gay men continue to use the rainbow flag to symbolize their communities, too.
The Lesbian Flag
There are two mainstream varieties of the lesbian flag. The first is a seven-stripe flag that, like the new MLM flag, features a white stripe in the middle. There are three shades of orange above this stripe and three shades of pinkish-purple beneath it.
Another lesbian pride flag features a white labrys within a black triangle on a purple backdrop. The labrys has been a symbol of female divinity and autonomy since the 1970s. Many lesbians adopt this flag to show their desire for women’s empowerment as well as same-sex attraction.
Most lesbians use these flags interchangeably. You should go with whichever option you like better. Once you make the choice about which one you want to fly, visit Flagpolefarm to get some telescoping tools.
The Bisexual Flag
Bisexuality is defined as attraction to two or more genders, so the community is fairly large compared to lesser-known LGBT identities. It should then come as no surprise that the flag is in widespread use.
Its design features a pink color that represents same-sex attraction on top and a blue stripe on the bottom to feature opposite-sex attraction. They overlap in the middle with a gorgeous purple stripe to showcase this unique identity.
Note that bisexuality is inclusive of all gender identities. People can be attracted to nonbinary people and be bisexual. It’s simply an attraction to multiple genders.
The Transgender Flag
Gender is another important part of the LGBT community, and transgender people add another layer of richness to this beautiful tapestry. Transgender- or trans- individuals simply identify with another gender than the one that they were assigned at birth.
Trans men (those transitioning from female to male) and trans women (those transitioning from male to female) are the most common. However, people who identify with nonbinary genders are also widely accepted as trans.
The flag for binary trans people features five horizontal stripes. There is a white one in the center flanked by two light blue and two light pink stripes. Nonbinary people get their own nonbinary flag that showcases yellow, white, purple, and black stripes.
Other Awesome Pride Flags
In addition to these main identities, there are other subcommunities within the LGBT community. One of the more common is pansexuality, which is defined as attraction regardless of gender. This is similar to bisexuality but different since gender doesn’t factor into attraction at all.
Asexuality is another common LGBT identity. Asexual (or ‘ace’) people do not experience any sexual attraction, but they may still desire romantic relationships. The asexual flag has four stripes in black, gray, white, and purple.
On the flip side, aromantic people experience no romantic attraction. Some of them may still experience sexual attraction and have a sex drive. The aromantic flag features five stripes in greens, white, gray, and black.
More on Becoming You Best Self
While there are so many awesome things about being LGBT, flags that symbolize your pride are one of the most concrete. They’re an awesome way to remind yourself that you’re awesome and to build a connection with others in the community.
Now that you know the basic LGBTQ+ flags and what they symbolize, it’s time to learn more about how to live your most authentic life. Check out the ‘health’ tab on our home page to learn how you can best take care of both your mind and body.