A designer has come up with a new Pride flag that xe believes is more inclusive and progresive.
Daniel Quasar is based in Portland, Oregon, US. Quasar identifies as a ‘queer non-binary demiguy’ and prefers xe/xem/xyr pronouns, reports LGBTQ Nation.
Xe created the flag following earlier adaptations to the existing, six-stripe rainbow flag first created by the artist Gilbert Baker.
Last year, a flag with additional black and brown stripes was created, to represent people of color. A further design including the colors of the trans flag has also been suggested.
Quasar’s designs incorporates both of these. Xe is now looking to find the funds to create and ship the flags. Xe launched a crowdfunding Kickstarter campaign on Thursday. Within two days, it has raised over half of its $14,000 target.
Should it hit its target in the next 13 days, Quasar will begin shipping flags out to supporters. Xe says the money is being raised because creating a custom-made flag is expensive, and a bulk order will significantly reduce costs.
‘We still have movement forward to make. There still is work to be done’
Quasar calls the flag a ‘reboot’ of the original Pride flag – with an emphasis on ‘inclusion and progression.’
‘We still have movement forward to make. There still is work to be done. I wanted to highlight that’, xe says.
‘The trans flag and marginalized community stripes were shifted to the Hoist of the flag and given a new arrow shape. The arrow points to the right to show forward movement, while being along the left edge shows that progress still needs to be made.
‘We need to always keep progress moving forward in all aspects of our community.’
Xe says the stripes represent the following:
‘Background: LGBTQ 6 full sized color stripes representing life (red), healing (orange), sunlight (yellow), nature (green), harmony/peace (blue), and spirit (purple/violet).
‘Hoist: 5 half sized stripes representing trans individuals (light blue, light pink, white), marginalized POC communities (brown, black), as well as those living with AIDS, those no longer living, and the stigma surrounding them (black).’
‘I’m not trying to replace the current rainbow Pride flag’
Quasar told GSN the instant success of the crowdfunder was unexpected: ‘I really wasn’t expecting any of this when I made the design. I just like to design things and wanted to do this one night.
‘I am very surprised by what has happened and very grateful for the support I’ve gotten. People have been really amazing and I’m just happy to see it resonating with so many individuals.
‘The only thing I would say, to those saying I shouldn’t change the flag… I’m not trying to replace the current rainbow Pride flag. This is just another option to have along side the many other flags that we use to show Pride.
‘If someone feels compelled to use it, then cool. If not, then that’s cool too. I know it’s not meant for everyone, and that’s fine. Like I said, it’s meant as a supplement, not a replacement.’
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