Diversity within Diverse Communities
Let's celebrate the diversity of sexual and gender minorities within the LGBTQIA+ community. Flags have been used to demonstrate just this.
Tons of people use the rainbow flag to represent the LGBTQ Community, but it’s not the only flag that people in the community connect with. Different groups, genders, and identities have come up with their own flags over the years to bring awareness to their unique needs and experiences.
Gilbert Baker Pride Flag
In 1978, Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official in California, asked artist Gilbert Baker to create a pride flag. Gilbert wanted to create “something that was positive, that celebrated our love. The rainbow came from earliest recorded history as a symbol of hope.”
This flag was created in 2013 by Morgan Carpenter. In an interview with Intersex Peer Support Australia, Carpeter said, “I wanted to create an image that people could use to represent intersex people without depending upon what I think are often misconceptions or stereotypes.”
Someone who is agender doesn’t identify with any gender. This pride flag was created in 2014 by Salem X.
Asexual people — also known as “Ace” or “Aces” — have little to no interest in having sex, even though most still want emotionally intimate relationships.
Someone who is aromantic may have little or no romantic attraction to others. In the flag, that is represented by the green while the gray and black represent all aromantic sexualities, both asexual and sexual.
Pink News says it’s unclear who actually created this flag, but ever since it started showing up online in 2010, it’s become a symbol of attraction to all genders.
BLM Pride Flag
The origins of this flag are unknown, but it represents solidarity with the Black Lives Matter Movement and the intersection of the queer and black communities. It gained notoriety last year during the height of the BLM Movement.