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17 thank-you notes to the creators of the bisexual flag

17 thank-you notes to the creators of the bisexual flag

Bisexual people and allies attend the world's first Bi Pride parade in Los Angeles (Photo: Facebook)

This year is the 20th anniversary of the bisexual flag.

The flag was first unveiled by activist Michael Page on December 5, 1998. A group of activists at BiNet USA were involved for its creation though.

To mark this important day, here are 17 thank-you notes to the creators of the bisexual flag.

Misty, 39

‘Thank you for creating such a beautiful symbol that unifies a group of people that didn’t know we really belonged anywhere. It helps us to find our people so we know we are not alone. It has become so important to our visibility, which has a direct impact on our wellbeing. I am so grateful for this incredibly powerful thing you have done.’

Chris, 35

‘Thank you for the iconic simplicity of the flag. I hope one say we don’t have to use flags or tries or labels but until then, it’s easier than walking around telling people I’m bisexual’

Marcus, 48

‘Happy birthday to your wonderful bi flag! I remember when I first saw it shortly after it debuted and feeling so happy we had our own version of the rainbow flag. Its beauty is in its simplicity – and versatility. Humans are pattern recognizing machines, and a simple sequence of three colors can be used so many wonderful ways. I’m still using it in my activism to this day, and still get a thrill whenever I see one out in the streets. Thank you for our flag.’

The Bi+ Float in the Pride in London Parade | Photo: Hollie Wong
The Bi+ Float in the Pride in London Parade | Photo: Hollie Wong

Em, 28

‘Thank you for creating a wonderful symbol for bi’s and guys like me to see whether its being flown at an event where we can gravitate towards or with us as we bring along our own Pride to events around the globe. Im proud to be bisexual and the rainbow flag is such an important of the beginning of education on LGBT+ issues for those who want to know … it’s just a little bit extra warming for us bi’s to also have our own identity and symbol to march and feel safe under as well.’

Theresa, 25

‘Thank you for creating the iconic bisexual flag. For secretive bi’s like me, to see it waved at pride, stickered on laptops and pinned to shirts reminds me that I’m not alone. That there are A LOT more bi people than I thought growing up. That we’re not a phase thank you very much. So thank you.’

Rob, 45

‘Thank you. Identity is important, especially for us, bearing in mind how often our sexuality is erased, and your creation of our flag is the biggest symbol of our community. Much love to you and everyone else who has fought for our rights, our identity, our acceptance and our identity. You will have helped change so many people’s lives for the better, including mine. Thank you!’

Tristan, 20

‘Thank you for creating a symbol that helped me be myself. Seeing people being openly bisexual, so often using this flag to do so, gave me the courage to do the same.’

Daryl, 29

‘Thank you for giving us a symbol to look on. Making us accepting that we can love who ever we want. We still fight from all sides for been bi but the flag gives me hope that one day we will be fully accepted. I always hold the flag close to me when I still face struggles to be accepted that I don’t just need to ‘pick a side’ thank you for giving me hope and reason to fight.’

The bisexual flag | Photo: Lynnette McFadzen via BiNet USA

Shaunee, 24

‘Without your flag I wouldn’t be able to fly my pride high. I’m loud and I’m proud no one else can stop me or call me greedy, because I know who I am.’

Mike, 43

‘I wear a small bisexual flag lapel badge most days. I wear it with pride, and it has started some important conversations with people too. So thank you.’

Justine, 21

‘Thank you for giving the identity of not only myself but thousands and millions of other people around the planet something to call ours. Bisexuality is real, it is beautiful, and it will not be silenced or shut out. I love the bi flag and thank you for creating something that means much more than just three colors.’

Lois

‘I don’t remember the first time I found out about the bi flag, but since my teen years it has been a symbol of community – belonging. I don’t often feel represented by the rainbow flag because so often LGBT+ spaces are actually “gay and maybe trans” spaces, but when I see the bi flag, I know someone has at least thought about us. When I first started going to prides, you didn’t see the bi flag anywhere. In fact, you never saw any mention of the bi community at all.

‘That’s changed over that last few years, and having a symbol to rally around has been a big part of that. Seeing the first bi pride float in London pride decked out in our colors was an uplifting, validating, invigorating experience & I hope Micheal would have been proud. Our flag says, we are a community, a Nation spread out across the world but United by our love & attraction for all genders. We are United in our fight for equal rights and safety and acceptance in society.’

The Bi+ Float in the Pride in London Parade | Photo: Hollie Wong
The Bi+ Float in the Pride in London Parade | Photo: Hollie Wong

Nico, 29

‘Thank you for creating art with the bisexual flag, art that continues to resonate with so many people. Its strange to think that this symbol of my bi identity only came into existence ten years after I was born, yet I didn’t come across it till some ten years after that. But I could see instantly in the colors the breadth of love that bisexual people feel, the ability to be attracted regardless of gender and it made me feel included as I negotiated the queer world.

‘Without this flag, we wouldn’t be able to see all the young bi people making themselves visible at Pride events, and beyond that, and that makes me so happy to see. Thank you from the bottom of my blue, purple and pink heart. ‘

Ruby, 28

‘It’s hard to describe what the Bi flag means to me, because I can’t imagine life without it. It’s on the badges I wear with pride, on the logo for the Bi+ Community radio show I host. And makes up a lot of the images I use for the online social groups I run. It’s a sign of belonging, a point of identity, a firm affirmation that we, the bisexual+ community, are real, tangible, and should never feel like we need to hide who we are.

‘The Bi+ flag holds erasure at bay, and reminds us that we’re not alone. I’ve seen more than one person tear up when they discover it exists, that their identity is solid, has a history, has color.’

Josh, 29

‘Thank you so so much for your brilliant and stylish flag design! Those colors are bisexual culture now, and help us pick each other out of a crowd of lesbians and gays, great for finding and maintaining community, and being VISIBLE! From us at Melbourne Bisexual Network, thank you.’

a person walking in a parade holding a bisexual flag
Photo: Gay Star News

Aven, 26

‘The bi flag has been an integral part of my identity and pride as a bi person. It’s been a vital symbol for our community and the visual heart of our activism. Every day, I wear a bracelet with the colors of the bi pride flag to bolster my confidence and remind myself that I’m one among many wonderful, vibrant people.

‘Thank you, for this beautiful flag, and also for being the first to design a flag for an LGBTQIA community after Gilbert Baker’s original rainbow design. In doing so, you paved the way for others to design flags for their communities, such as Monica Helms’ 1999 trans pride flag, which was directly inspired by your idea. We’ve struggled with many questions within the bi community — What does bisexual mean in a modern queer community? Is pansexual inevitably replacing it? But I think the bi community has too much important history to abandon it. Your flag is a crucial part of that.

‘I feel that sense of history strongly when looking at the flag. It’s part of what inspires me to continue to call myself bi. I love how, though our community has grown and evolved, I can see this flag today and know that it’s the same one people have been waving at Prides for the last twenty years.’

Mary, 52

‘Pink, purple, blue,
a gorgeous, fluid hue.
Our flag flies high, up to the sky,
sun-rays melting through.

‘Pink, purple, blue,
a hard won, gutsy hue.
Our flag soars high,
through stormy skies,
and smiles…because of you.’

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