The Different Types Of LGBTQ+ Flags That You Need To Know


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LGBTQ+ flags have been created as a way to represent and celebrate people across all parts of the sexuality and gender spectrum.

You typically see the traditional gay pride flag with rainbow colors all across the globe. However, this is not the only LGBTQ+ flag that exists. There are many more which represent individual orientation.

In no particular order, here is a list of some of the other LGBTQ+ flags that you should know about.

The Gilbert Baker

This is the gay pride flag you most commonly see around and is an instantly identifiable flag filled with rainbow colors. This flag was created in 1987 by Gilbert Baker, as the gay community began to fight for their rights, shortly after the Stonewall Riots and the first gay pride parade.

Demisexual Pride Flag

Demisexual is someone who feels a strong emotional connection to someone before a sexual connection. This flag is colored white, purple, grey, and black and is seen to reject the usual gender norms.

The Trans Pride Flag

It was created in 1999 by Monica Helm and is intentionally colored purple and blue, to toy with the colors that are traditionally assigned to either a boy or girl at birth. This flag is probably very recognizable to the public, as the transgender community has had to fight a lot of discrimination and laws.

The Lesbian Pride Flag

There are a variety of lesbian pride flags, but the most recent has shades of pink, and shades of orange, to represent gender nonconformity and diversity, as many held issues with one of the previous flags which were purple, and featured problematic symbols.

The Bisexual Flag

Colored pink, purple and blue, the bisexual flag represents same-sex attraction on one end and heterosexual attraction on the other, which perfectly blend as purple in the middle. Bisexual rights were increasingly fought for in the 1990s to improve awareness.

The Intersex Pride Flag

The intersex pride flag uses purple and yellow, colors that have not typically been assigned to any gender, to represent wholeness. This flag was only created in 2013, to help raise awareness and fight battles over issues in politics and medicine.

The Pansexual Flag

The pansexual flag has pink and blue to represent traditional genders, as well as yellow to represent non-binary people. This isn’t much information on this flag, but it was created in 2010 and continues to represent people.

The Non-Binary Flag

Colored yellow, white, purple, and black, this flag was created in 2014 by Kye Rowan and is used to represent non-traditional genders, for example, those with mixed or multiple genders, and those with no gender at all.

The Asexual Pride Flag

Created in 2010 by the Asexual Visibility and Education Network, this flag was created to represent those who identify as asexual, but also those who identify as demisexual and graysexual.

There are many different flags out there that represent all genders and sexuality, and even more than detailed on this list, for example, the gender-fluid flag, the polyamorous pride flag, the genderqueer pride flag and the agender pride flag.

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Eric Andrews-Katz

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Eric Andrews-Katz has short stories included in over 10 anthologies. He is the author of the Agent Buck 98 Series (“The Jesus Injection” and “Balls & Chain”), and the author of the Greek myth series beginning with the novel TARTARUS. He has conducted celebrity interviews with some of the biggest and best names on Broadway, Hollywood and in literature. He can be found at:

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