A field guide to Pride flags

It’s almost time for SF Pride, and that means the city is sprouting rainbow flags like flowers in the desert after a rainstorm. By now most people know what the rainbow signifies, but what about those other striped flags you see waving at Pride events? I thought I knew most of their meanings, but I recently came across the most Pride items I’ve ever seen in one place, and they had keychains with flags that I’d never seen before (and my office is a castle that flies Pride flags from the turrets).

Here’s a quick overview of all the ones I could find online, plus a more detailed history and analysis for each further down. My sources are cited in-line or listed at the end.

The top 3 are the ones most commonly seen at Pride events.

Edited on 6/27/15: Updated/added some flags based on reader feedback. Rearranged flag order to loosely group by category.

 

The Gay Pride Rainbow

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Ah, the rainbow flag. Such a beautiful and bold statement, hard to ignore or mistake for anything else. (also easy to adapt to every kind of merchandise you can imagine)

Wikipedia has an extensive article on it, but here are the more interesting bits:

The original Gay Pride Flag was first flown in the 1978 San Francisco Pride Parade, and unlike its modern day 6-color version it was a full rainbow – it included hot pink, turquoise, and indigo instead of dark blue. Each of the stripes had a particular meaning associated with it, but mostly I think they just wanted a purty rainbow.

The pink stripe was removed relatively quickly due to fabric unavailability. The turquoise was taken out a year later when the 7-striped flag was hung vertically from lamp posts on SF’s Market Street, but the middle stripe was obscured by the post so they yanked turquoise to make it an even number of stripes. This was also when blue replaced indigo, which I assume was done to balance out the removal of the turquoise.

It’s been the same since 1979 and is recognized internationally. Awesome.

 

Leather Pride

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Also known as “black and blue with love,” the leather pride flag is not associated with any particular sexual gender preference (though it’s used most commonly by gay men) but instead indicates a preference for kink. The “leather subculture” is somewhat hard to define as it encompasses a wide variety of activities. In general they all involve two things: leather and sex, although in modern times it’s also used for BDSM (which doesn’t necessarily include leather) or people who really really like wearing leather clothing (but not necessarily for a sexual purpose).

In fact, the leather flag has grown to represent so many other sub cultures that it’s spawned a huge variety of sub-flags. Here are some examples, taken from The Queerstory Files (I’ve swapped out the dog/puppy flag they used in the original article for the more common variant) and their meanings. Head over to that article for definitions of each.

 

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The original leather pride flag was debuted at the International Mr. Leather event in 1989 (exactly 47 days after I was born). The colors and symbol have no official meaning. (source)

Fun fact: The image under the ‘History’ section of the leather pride flag’s wikipedia article is of the flag flying from Kink’s turret. :)

 

Bear Pride

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In general, a “bear” is a large, hairy, overtly masculine gay man – however, the community champions inclusion and self-identification is the only required characteristic. Sometimes slim but hairy men are called “otters,” and bears who are younger or sexually submissive are called “cubs,” which I find completely adorable. (source)

The Bear Pride flag was designed by Craig Byrnes, who did his undergraduate senior project on the bear community as well as being a part of it himself. His research gave him inspiration to design a flag for the growing community and in 1995 he sketched out four different designs in crayon. These were voted on during a meeting of the Chesapeake Bay Bears club, and the winning design was circulated amongst bear communities throughout the United States. (source) It is now used by bear communities around the world.

The colors represent the fur colors of all the different types of actual bears around the world.  (source)

 

Bisexual Pride

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The bisexual pride flag was introduced in 1998 by Michael Page as an effort to give bisexual people their own rallying symbol similar to the gay rainbow flag. (source) The colors are an evolution of the “Biangle” symbol, itself a play on the original pink triangle used to represent homosexuality. (source)

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Pansexual Pride

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Pansexuality is an interesting new categorization of sexual attraction. It’s defined as being attracted to people regardless of their gender or sex, which, unlike the strict definition of “bi”-sexual, includes those who fall outside the traditional gender binary. The pink represents being attracted to women, the blue being attracted to men, and the yellow for being attracted to everyone else. (source)

There are some very cute sentiments online associated with pansexuality:

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(source)

I couldn’t find any references for the history of the flag, but I’m guessing it’s rather new seeing as most of the uses for it are on tumblr.

 

Asexual Pride

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Asexuality is a lack of sexual attraction or a low interest in sexual activity. The asexual community is relatively new and not widely known, quite possibly because a lack of sexual interest causes much less public outcry than an “inappropriate” sexual interest.

The flag was created in 2010 through a process spear-headed by the Asexuality Visibility and Education Network (AVEN). The creation and selection was extremely democratic and took place entirely online. First they asked for submissions, then posted all the designs in a poll. The community went through several rounds of voting, and finally narrowed it down to the winner that you see above.  

 

Lesbian Pride

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This flag features a “labrys,” a double-headed axe associated with early matriarchal Minoan societies and favored by tribes of Amazon warriors who roamed the area that is now Kazakhstan. The labrys became popular with lesbian culture in the 1970s, but has fallen out of common use since. (source)

The black triangle is a throwback to nazi Germany, similar to the pink triangle used by the general gay movement. The black triangle denoted “anti-social” behavior, which included lesbianism.

Although the flag was created fairly recently (1999 by Sean Campbell) it’s not as popular now as it once was, possibly because of the relative unknown of the symbols. (source)

 

 Lipstick Lesbian Pride

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A “lipstick” lesbian means a woman who is gay and has a very feminine gender expression. Often this includes makeup (thus, lipstick), skirts, heels, etc.

This flag appears all over the internet, but it was very hard to find information about its origin. I finally traced it back to this post on a blog called This Lesbian Life. Reading through the author’s other posts, many of which are very good btw, it’s clear she was frustrated by other people not believing she was gay because she’s so femme. These are a couple lines from a blog post of hers called  “The 10 Worst Things About Being a Lipstick Lesbian.”

2. Nobody ever believes that you’re gay,  and thinks that you’re just going through a phase because of a bad boyfriend experience.
6. When you walk into a lesbian bar, everyone looks at you up and down and then whispers to each other, “Well she went to the wrong place.”
9. When you come out to someone they always have a crazy look on their face and then say…”Well I had no idea! You don’t seem gay!!!”

So, she created a flag of her own to represent a marginalized subgroup! Pretty cool.

Also, I think it’s seriously fucked up that this woman created this gorgeous flag, which is all over the internet, but nobody credits her. She wasn’t that hard to find, she’s on the 2nd page of a Google Search for “lipstick lesbian pride flag.”

 

Polyamorous Pride

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Polyamory is often described as “consensual, ethical, and responsible non-monogamy.” It’s basically the practice of being in a relationship(s) with multiple people at the same time, and everyone involved knowing about it and being ok.

Sadly for math nerds everywhere, the “pi” in this flag merely symbolizes the letter “p” for the first letter of “polyamory.” The flag was created by Jim Evans, but I couldn’t find info on when or where. (source)

Update 6/27/15: The flag’s creator added this info in the comments:

“The flag was indeed designed by me, Jim Evans, in the summer of 1995 or so. The ‘pi’ symbol has taken some heat over the years because of its obscurity, but yes, it was chosen to represent the first letter of “polyamory.” Part of the idea was to claim an arbitrary symbol that would be innocuous to people who didn’t know better, allowing closeted polyfolk to remain discrete if their circumstances required it. As an additional benefit, it was also a readily available typographic symbol on computing platforms at the time, and could be easily replicated by nearly anyone, which was seen as a distinct advantage, given the limitations of the designer’s visual artistic ability. I’m simply gratified that enough people over the years have found it acceptable enough to keep using it.”

Update 2/26/16:

The above is the only real “flag” design I could find for polyamory, but a more common pride symbol amongst the poly community is the ‘infinity heart’, or sometimes just an infinity sign.

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Thanks to Zinnia from polyadvice.tumblr.com for letting me know!

 

Straight Pride

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At first I was amused to discover the existence of heterosexual pride flags, but after several minutes of googling “straight pride” I realized they’re usually used by asshole conservative groups as an anti-gay slogan. :\ Kinda like “white pride” actually means “we hate anyone who’s not white.” There are some friendly uses of these, but not many. (source)

 

 Straight Allies Flag

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This flag is designed for straight people who are proud allies of gay people. Why they can’t just wave a normal rainbow flag I don’t know, but here it is!

It emerged sometime in the late 2000s, but I couldn’t find any info on where it came from. The rainbow triangle thing in the middle is supposed to be an ‘A’ for ‘Activism’ or ‘Ally’ or something, with the black and white stripes representing the straight part. (source)

 

 Intersex Pride

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“Intersex” is a term for people who are born with mixed primary or secondary sex characteristics, making them both female and male. This condition shows up in approximately 1% of the population, though many recognized forms of it are subtle enough to go undetected for an entire lifetime. (source)

Update 6/27/15: This flag was debuted by OII Australia in July of 2013 as a rallying point for Intersex people, “one attempt to create something that is not derivative, but yet is firmly grounded in meaning.” The colors yellow and purple were chosen because they’re seen as fairly gender neutral – neither pink nor blue. The circle symbolizes wholeness or completeness. (source)

My original post listed the below striped flag as Intersex Pride. This flag was somewhat controversial in the Intersex community, the main complaints being that it’s too close to the Transgender Pride flag and that it had also been intended to represent “Bigender” peoples. Intersex is distinctly different from Transgender or Bigender, so OII created their distinctly different flag. The debate continues, however. (source)

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This flag, designed by Natalie Phox in 2009, blends the two stereotypical gender-binary baby colors, pink and blue, in lavender stripes on the side and a gradient in the middle. (source)

 

Transgender Pride

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The transgender pride flag was created by Monica Helms, a transgender woman, in 1999. The two colored stripes represent the traditional colors for baby boys and girls, and the white is for those of intersex, neutral, or other genders.

The flag is intentionally symmetric so that however you hang it, it is in the ‘correct’ orientation. Helms says this was to represent transgender people finding “correctness” in their lives. (source)

Update 6/27/15: The above flag is still the most commonly recognized Transgender Pride Flag, but a lot of variants have sprung up. (source 1) (source 2)

 

Genderqueer Pride

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The Genderqueer Pride flag was created by Marilyn Roxie in 2010 with help from the Genderqueer internet community. The lavender is a mix of the traditional blue and pink gender colors for people who are a little of both, the green is meant to be the “inverse” of lavender for those outside the binary, and the white represents gender neutrality. (source)

“Genderqueer” is a term I have become increasingly fond of lately. It’s an extremely inclusive “catch-all” for anyone who doesn’t feel like they fit into one of the two standard gender definitions. Unlike most other pride flags, which represent groups of people who ‘are’ something (people who are gay, transgender, asexual, etc.), genderqueer is for people who are not either of the traditional 2 genders. It’s a group for people who feel like they don’t fit into the normal definition, and I think that’s pretty awesome.

 

Genderfluid Pride

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(Added on 6/27/15)

Genderfluid is a term for someone who’s gender changes over time. Their gender identity can vary at random or in response to different circumstances. Gender fluid people may also identify as multigender, non-binary and/or transgender. (source)

The flag was created by JJ Poole, and the colors represent the various states that genderfluid people may find themselves in – pink for feminine, blue for masculine, purple for a mix of the two, white for no gender, and black for all genders. (source)

 

Rubber Pride

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At a very basic level rubber fetishism is similar to leather fetishism, in that it revolves around clothing made of rubber (latex, PVC, polyurethane, etc.). Likewise, it has developed a significant number of associated sub-fetishes. (source)

The Rubber Pride flag has existed since 1994, developed by Peter Tolos and Scott Moats. It was created by the two during a Vulcan America meeting in the hopes it could be used for rubber enthusiasts to find like-minded partners. Since the Rubber community is significantly smaller than the Leather or Bear communities, and its members tend not to wear their gear in public, it was especially difficult back then for fetishists to find each other.

The flags designers wanted something different from the uniform horizontal stripes that had become standard for pride flags, so they chose a black base with red and yellow for their brightness. The yellow was originally intended to represent watersports, and the red blood, but the interpretation has changed since.

Instead of using straight bars they added the zigzag to make a ‘V’ (since it had come out of a Vulcan America meeting) and also because the flag indicates a kink. Peter Tolos cheerfully said “It’s a kinky flag!” (source)

Literally. :)

 

Master/slave Pride

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The Master/slave pride flag was debuted at the Master/slave conference in Washington DC on July 29, 2005. (doesn’t a Master/slave conference sound way more fun than WWDC?) It was designed by Master Tallen and his slave Andrew. (source)

Before the creation of this flag the M/s (and Dom/sub) community tended to use the Leather Pride flag, but Master Tallen felt this was inappropriate since plenty of members of the M/s community did not identify as leather or kink fetishists. (nor were they all gay men, the group the leather flag is most commonly associated with)

The symbols represent, to nobody’s surprise, master and submissive. The single vertical line is for authority, power, or dominance. The grouping of three horizontal lines is apparently a standard psychological symbol for submission or ‘passive intellect.’ (source) I assume they went with black and red because they’re dramatic and pretty.

 

Ownership Pride

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(Added on 6/27/15)

Ownership is derived from the Master/slave dynamic, with a greater emphasis on rules and defined behavior between owner and property. There is a pretty legit website with a 10-point manifesto, starting with the following:

1. What is Possession?

Central to O&P is the concept of Possession: having control and use for one’s own purposes of that which is possessed, involving some or all of the rights associated with property ownership. This is asymmetric and unequal in status. While the submissive is in the dominant’s possession they are fundamentally there for the dominant, obeying the dominant, and subject to the dominant’s decisions. The dominant is the submissive’s superior, just as an employer is their servant’s superior. The unambiguous, honest, and hierarchical nature of O&P provides clarity about what is to be done, and who is to do it, without the manipulation and unstated quid pro quo of so many relationships. (source)

The website also goes into extensive detail about the design of the flag, and it’s pretty obvious the designer knew what they were doing since they mention things like the rule of tincture, the first rule of heraldic design. The shield represents the owner as protector and head of household, and the circle represents the collar, a pretty universal symbol for submissives and slaves. The striped background is a shoutout to the original leather pride flag, with the emphasized color difference helping to illustrate the extreme power dynamic of the relationship. (source)

 

ABDL Pride

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(Added on 6/27/15)

Adult Baby / Diaper Lover (ADBL) is a fetish community based around adults role playing as babies or using classic baby items such as diapers. This can be sexual, but is not necessarily so. (source)

I feel this is one of the more self-explanatory flags – the pin is a diaper pin, and the colors are the usual pastel gendered baby colors. (source)

There is also this white-striped heart over a pink and blue background symbol that is associated with this community, but I can’t find additional information about it as a flag – it mostly seems to exist as Zazzle merchandise. (source)

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Note, 4/23/17: I was contacted by a member of the ABDL community who wanted to note that this flag is not a universally accepted or commonly used symbol ofABDL pride, it is primarily used by the flag’s creator. When I asked if there were more commonly-used symbols, they said ‘not really’ as theABDL community is more the type to stay out of the spotlight of pride.

 

Fat Pride

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“Fat Fetish” is fairly self explanatory, although there are many self-identified fetish classifications inside of the general community. These include ‘fat body worship,’  ‘erotic weight gain,’ and ‘growth role-play.’ (source) The flag is fairly new, created in 2011 by Kevin “The Cosmopolitan” Seguin. (source) The colors are based off of Neapolitan Ice Cream, which I find rather cute.

This is actually the second version of the flag – the first version, which had a similar theme but was much simpler, met with some resistance by the community.

 

Pony Pride

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(Added on 6/27/15)

Pony Play is the fetish practice of treating humans as horses, which can include things like wearing hooves and ears (similar to puppy play), wearing tack (bridles, saddles, etc.) and pulling carts. (source)

The flag was created by Carrie P (Mystic Storm) in 2007. The predominant black background honors the leather community at large, and the other colors represent various aspects of the pony community. The horse shoes represent, well, ponies. (source)

 

Military/Uniform Pride

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(Added on 6/27/15)

I have found remarkably little information on this flag – I can find its existence mentioned in various places, but only one source for the image itself, which has no information beyond a note that it’s been around for a while but the creator is unknown. (source)

Uniform Fetish revolves around wearing uniforms during play – very often these will be military uniforms, but I have seen the term used in a very broad sense as well (think nurses and schoolgirls).

 

Feather (Drag) Pride

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The Feather Pride flag is associated with the Drag community. The symbol is a phoenix, representing the fiery passion that sprang up in the drag community during the early days of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. (source)

The flag was created by Sean Campbell, the same man who created the labrys Lesbian Pride flag above. Campbell designed several other flags for niche communities, but these seem to be the two that have survived in common usage.

 

General Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Agge.se/sandbox/List_of_pride_flags_and_sexual_identity_symbols

http://leiandlove.deviantart.com/art/Ultimate-LGBTQ-Flag-Guide-236048103

Most graphics pulled from Google Images.

88 Replies to “A field guide to Pride flags”

    1. You realize that asexual could be gay right? They can still fall in love with people and they can have a homoromatic relationship

    1. you need to be kinkshamed. pedophelia is illegal. any children (consenting or not) involved are being molested or raped and that’s not okay. pedos are truly the dirt of society.

    2. Same! There should be a Pedo pride flag. You shitheads always yell on about how “Love is Love” and this is Love too, you hypocritical shits.

    3. The only reason it isn’t ok is because if you have sexual relations with a child as an older aged person, it can damage the child’s sexual organs. Other than that I think it is mostly ok. Love is love, and love has no age boundaries, but please wait until they’re a healthy age to have sex with them.

      1. I normally have a high tolerance for bullshit in my blog comments, but this made me feel physically ill.

        What you’re saying is “make sure they’re developed enough to fit your dick inside them without tearing anything” which is completely not ok.

        You seem to believe that “love is love” means “all kinds of relationships are ok and unproblematic,” which is just false. There is an undeniable and overwhelming power & knowledge differential between adults and children that makes the concept of a young child consenting to a relationship with an adult completely ludicrous. There is no possible way the child can fully understand what they are agreeing to, I don’t care how you try to spin it. And without active and informed consent, it’s not sex, it’s rape.

        I am locking all future comments on this post.

  1. This is wonderful. I love that you have sources. I am bisexual, but I believe that we should all be proud of what/who we are. Being that as it is, I am using this field guide to help me make stock for an upcoming pridefest. I have a printed copy that, provided you are alright with it, I would like to keep on hand. I am making Straight-Pride flags as well as Ally flags because both things are hugely important to our community, and although there are those out there who would use the Straight Pride flag to put down LGBT+ peoples, I want to be part of the movement that breaks down that negative ideal. I think that this is one of the next great parts of the Gay Rights movement, it’s not just about gay rights. It’s about equality. That means everyone gets to be proud of who they are. Thanks again for this, it has been very helpful and informative and I’m so glad to have come across it while doing my research!

    1. Chelsea, yes that is why the gender list is constantly growing. We found at Coast Atlantic in putting these designs on beautiful flag pins how vast the community is. Some were generated as early as Sept. 4 when someone asked about an Omnisexual flag which was a off shoot of the Gender fluid design combined with the Gay Pride Rainbow design.
      Yes this defiantly states the pride in what or who we are. I even found a Cosmic Gender how exciting! We are putting all of our LBGTQ flag pins on cards with their descriptions as accurately as possible especially the colors which designers in the community worked so hard in gathering and putting together. I hope these will be useful at Gay Pride events just let us know, as we are still in the infant stage.

  2. I love this can someone tell me where i can buy flags like these as I’m in a Pride event coming up. Thank You :)

    1. Coast Atlantic is starting to produce the different sexuality and gender flags as beautiful lapel pins. We try to keep the information and the colors as accurate as possible. We feel everyone should feel free to express themselves and enjoy what this new future has to offer. We should all be proud of who we are. Feel free to contact me anytime, we are a small
      American Made only company Bill.

  3. How about a “It’s nobody’s damn business who, how many, or how I have sex with, or without ” flag?

  4. The white striped heart with blue and pink background is Littles’ Pride. Littles aren’t necessary part of AB/DL, though there are similarities.

  5. This is The Stupidest group of Fuck I’ve seen in a while. Aside from being a Hypocritical Whore about the Straight Pride Flag, you’re shitting all over Conservatives and your Allies, which makes you a Horrible fucking person. Long Story short, you Need to Kill Yourself.

    1. Please sir get out from behind you computer and go to a BDSM event with that same attitude. Please. I’m begging you to be a royal douche bag in front of hundreds kinky people who identify with these flag. Please. Come join us. We’ll be waiting.

    2. You need to not tell people to kill themselves. I don’t. Care what situation your in, never tell someone to kill themselves, because those words stick, and after awhile they weigh you down until your drowning in your own depression, and do kill yourself. You might not care now, but that person that just killed themselves might have been your future doctor who would save your life or a family member of yours. There brain might be able to solve cancer or saved someone else’s life but you stopped them from doing that,
      and sure, some one else can come up with something to solve it, but how long will it take for them to do that? A year? Two? Millions of people die in that time that they could have saved, but you, you killed that person beforehand. Yes, you might have never physically touched them, but your related to their death and therefore a part of it. So I ask you please, don’t tell people to kill themselves

  6. Thank you, I enjoy studying flags of all sorts (vexiology) and this page had been very informative. Great research on the origin and creators of these flags. Thanks again David

  7. i am disgusted that people assume a straight pride flag means we are war mongering, conservative religious cults hating gays because we want a flag to. i am straight, liberal, live in the San Francisco bay area. why can’t i be proud to be straight? haters…

    1. They weren’t saying that you couldn’t be straight and support gay people or be liberal, they’re saying that the people who created it had that intent. And they said that not every one uses it that way.

  8. I am so happy to find such an extensive list. I wondered if there were a flag for straight pride as I am putting together a cross stich piece for our new church. At the top it will say “Have Faith” in the center I will be stithing each flag and at the bottom it will say “all are welcome”. We are extremely lucky to have found a church that doesn’t only claim acceptance but truly accepts! Our pastor is gay!!! :)

  9. Went to my first gay pride yesterday. To take my 16 year old lesbian daughter and to show how proud of her I am. I bought lots of rainbow stuffing by the end I came home looking like a skittles factory. Ha ha great fun. But, I would have like to see a flag which represents my feelings. Something that states. ‘i am a proud parent and I accept her and support her 100%’ I bought an ‘ally’ pin badge bought I felt like it didn’t represent my feelings 100 percent. I would like someone to come up with a parent pride flag. If there isn’t one… Can I design it? :)

  10. Why is it that gay pride isnt sexist, native pride isnt racist but white pride is racist and straight pride is against fags? Am i not allowed to be a proud straight white male? Thats sexism and racism at its finest. Black people put us down for what our ancestors did, indians put us down and demand money and every thing possible from us for what our ancestors did. Shit get over it people do you see the germans paying off the jews? Ya im german and have been put down for that too but i had nothing to do with it. Like it or not i am not white i am german and i am more of a minority group than any native, black or gay person so wheres my special treatment? Wheres my welfare check? Ya thats right im nothing but shit in the country i was born in

    1. Go back to stormfront. As for why straight pride is seen as being “against fags”… well, I think you answered your own question there with your choice of words, didn’t you mate?

    2. You, a straight, white, male, are more of a minority than any LGBTQ+, black, native american, female, or person of any other gender? Wow. It must be hard being you, huh? Personally, I am a bit tired of all this fuss over straight pride. Do heterosexuals not understand the huge efforts of the LGBTQ+ movement? Do they realize that LGBTQ+ people have to live with the fact that they might be fired, beaten up, or even in some places, sentenced to death for being LGBTQ+? I understand that straight people want to celebrate their sexuality too, but that doesn’t entitle you to use rude names or bash a whole community of people who have worked so hard to be able to show who they are and who they love.

  11. Re: The Polyamory Pride Flag: The flag was indeed designed by me, Jim Evans, in the summer of 1995 or so. The ‘pi’ symbol has taken some heat over the years because of its obscurity, but yes, it was chosen to represent the first letter of “polyamory.” Part of the idea was to claim an arbitrary symbol that would be innocuous to people who didn’t know better, allowing closeted polyfolk to remain discrete if their circumstances required it. As an additional benefit, it was also a readily available typographic symbol on computing platforms at the time, and could be easily replicated by nearly anyone, which was seen as a distinct advantage, given the limitations of the designer’s visual artistic ability. I’m simply gratified that enough people over the years have found it acceptable enough to keep using it.

    1. They may be labels but they help me find a group of people who are like me, so I don’t feel alone, but yes they are all labels, we are all human

  12. Thanks So much for the Intersex flag addition. As a Public figure it is important that I educate on who I am, and getting people to acknowledge intersex (Very Difficult at times). Though I’d like to see the Leather girl flag also, as this is one of my flags also;) Thank You So Much!!!
    XOXOXOX
    Carmin Anna Cole

  13. Below the Leather Pride flag your comment of “boi pride” is incorrect. The green pride flag is called the “leatherboy Pride Flag”. Boi is a term used by the leather community to denote a female, not a male. The flag was never given the name boi, it was given the name boy. However, the flag does absolutely include the boi community of females that display a masculine energy much like a boy. So I guess a fair agreement would be to call it “boy/boi pride”. I hope you correct the information :)

  14. Hi, I have seen a flag for Military fetish, but i didnt found it on here. Im looking for a link or something to a big pic of it. I have only found pics of it that isnt much bigger than 3cm :(

    1. Agreed. I thought that was in poor taste. It is silly to have straight pride, but seeing the straight flag helps you understand the colors behind the straight ally flag (which was also made fun of). Allies are a huge part of the community. If they don’t help support us, it would be pretty hard to get anywhere.

      Awesome job including the asexual flag :)

    2. The comments were mean on the straight flag because it was made for a mean purpose. Not because being straight is bad, but because the person who created it posted mean things about people of other genders preferences and had the intent on being mean.

  15. Fat fetish needs to be changed to ‘body positive’ or ‘fat acceptance’. There is a lot of unwanted attention towards fat people from fat fetishizers and to call ‘fat people’ a sexuality is grossly dehumanizing!! I don’t think you realize how offensive it is. Where is your ‘thin fetish’ or ‘short people fetish’? Please remove. Thank you.

    1. There may not be flags for “thin fetish”, etc. The poster is simply sharing knowledge, not giving opinions. However, they did say that not all of these are sexualities. I’ve never met anyone who identifies as leather-sexual, the just say they have a leather fetish. If the poster must take down the fat fetish, they must remove the other fetish flags. Finally, “body positivity” and “fat acceptance” are completely different from a fat fetish. Body positivity is simply not caring about weight and seeing the beuty in heavy people. A fat fetish is a kink. Heavy people actually turn you on.

  16. I thought I’d tell you that ET (from ASMSA) lurks on your blog now. He too shy/silly to tell you himself. :)

    (I do too, but I lurk less than him because I have no free time.)

  17. Hi,
    Thank you for putting up my lipstick lesbian flag. I’m glad you like it. Happy Pride!!!

    1. Natalie, we at Coast Atlantic are proud to have just finished creating yourLipstick Lesbian Flag Pin, we would love to send you a couple to have. Just drop us a note and I, Bill will personally send them to you just to say thank you for showing your pride with color.

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