In 1977, Harvey Milk challenged Gilbert Baker, a veteran who taught himself to sew, to come up with a symbol of pride for the gay community. His response? The original Pride flag. Inspired by Judy Garland's "Over the Rainbow," these colors flew at the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade celebration on June 25, 1978.
Gilbert Baker (Vector graphics by Fibonacci), Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
Noting that queer people of color are often not fully included in the LGBT community, the city of Philadelphia added two colors — black and brown — to the Pride flag in their honor.
Philadelphia City Council and Tierney, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
This new flag seeks to take Philadelphia's inclusive approach a step further. Daniel Quasar, who identifies as queer and nonbinary, designed this flag. The white, pink, and light blue reflect the colors of the transgender flag, while the brown and black stripes represent people of color and those lost to AIDS.
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Designed by Michael Page, the flag brings visibility to the bisexual community, showing the overlap of the stereotypical colors for boys and girls.
Michael Page, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
Created on the web in 2010, this flag has colors that represent pansexuality's interest in all genders as partners.
Jasper, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
Like the pansexual flag, the asexual flag was created in 2010.
AnonMoos (SVG file); AVEN (flag design), Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
Monica Helms, a trans woman, designed this flag in 1999, and it was first flown at a Pride Parade in Phoenix a year later.
SVG file Dlloyd based on Monica Helms design, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
Encompassing the fluctuations and the flexibility of gender in genderfluid people, the flag features colors associated with femininity, masculinity, and everything in between.
JJ Pole.McLennonSonGarethPW, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons
Created in 2011 by Marilyn Roxie, the genderqueer flag highlights androgyny with lavender, agender identities with white, and nonbinary people with green.
Marilyn Roxie, McLennonSon, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
A new lesbian flag with seven horizontal stripes was introduced on social media in 2018, with the dark orange stripe representing gender non-conformity, the orange stripe representing independence, the light orange stripe representing community, the white stripe representing unique relationships to womanhood, the pink stripe representing serenity and peace, the dusty pink stripe representing love and sex, and the dark rose stripe representing femininity.
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Polysexuality, unlike pansexuality, is the attraction to multiple genders but not all. A middle ground between bisexuality and pansexuality, it is centered more around attractions to femininity and masculinity rather than gender itself.
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While genderqueer people bend the rules of gender, agender people reject a gender completely. For their flag, the black and white stripes represent the absence of gender, while green, the inverse of the gender-heavy purple, represents nonbinary genders.
Tumblr user: transrants, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
Created by 17-year-old Kye Rowan in 2014, this flag was a response to nonbinary people feeling improperly represented by the genderqueer flag.
Kye Rowan, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons
Intersex International Australia designed this flag in 2013 with non-gendered colors "that celebrate living outside the binary." Intersex (variation in sex characteristics) is also represented in the transgender flag.
Intersex International Australia, via Wikimedia Commons
Two Spirit Pride Flag
The Two-Spirit Pride Flag represents queer Native American individuals as an umbrella term, including traditional and cultural context. Per the University of Northern Colorado, "Two-spirit individuals traditionally were viewed as holding a masculine and feminine spirit. They held a gender identity outside of the binary man or woman." The flag's creation is attributed to Myra Laramee (Cree).
Myra Laramee, via Wikimedia Commons