The rainbow flag is known worldwide as representing the LGBTI community.
But did you know, there are flags for more specific groups within (and outside of) the community?
Flags for the trans community and bi community have started to gather more recognition in recent years.
There are still even more flags you might not have seen before though!
Start the New Year by learning about the flags that represent the community, and more.
Your eyes do not mislead you.
There is a ‘Heterosexual’ flag. So, it is essentially a Straight Pride flag.
We might be off to a bad start but it get’s better from here.
There’s a flag for Lesbian Pride!
This flag is more specifically for femme lesbians, or ‘lipstick lesbians.’
An early appearance of the flag was made in 2010.
The creator explained she had always wondered ‘where are the lesbian flags?’
So, she took it upon herself to create the very first lipstick lesbian pride flag.
There’s also a flag for those who identify as graysexual.
Graysexual is a type of asexual identity. It refers to when someone experiences attraction not very often or experiences it but doesn’t wish to pursue any sort of relationship with the person.
It can be used as a prefix to another identity or as its own orientation.
4 Bear Pride
In 1995, Craig Byrnes wanted to come up with a flag to represent the bear community.
At the time he was studying for an undergraduate degree in psychology and was working on a project exploring and discussing bear culture.
His friend Paul Witzkoske then used Byrnes’ original sketch to then create the Bear Pride flag we know today.
The particular colors used were because they’re the colors of bear fur.
The beautiful trans flag was first created in 1999 by trans woman Monica Helms.
Helms explained: ‘The stripes at the top and bottom are light blue, the traditional color for baby boys. The stripes next to them are pink, the traditional color for baby girls.
‘The stripe in the middle is white, for those who are intersex, transitioning or consider themselves having a neutral or undefined gender.
‘The pattern is such that no matter which way you fly it, it is always correct, signifying us finding correctness in our lives.’
The flag was then flown for the first time at a 2000 pride parade in Phoenix, Arizona.
Polyamory is the term for any non-monogamous relationship. For this to be true polyamory, everyone involved must be consenting.
This flag was created in 1995 by a man called Jim Evans.
He explained: ‘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.’
An additional benefit of the readily available symbol means the flag can be easily replicated by most.
While pansexuality may be seen as a branch of bisexuality, it also has its own pride flag.
It is said to have first started appearing on the internet in mid 2010.
The top pink stripe represents ‘female gendered people.’ The gold stripe is said to represent those who are ‘mixed gender, genderless, or third gender.’ Then, the blue stripe is for ‘male gendered people.’
This flag is for people who can be attracted to anyone, regardless of gender!
After a flag for genderqueer people started to circulate, non-binary people called for their own flag.
The creator of the non-binary flag explained: ‘Not all nonbinary people identify as genderqueer, and them using a flag that has largely become synonymous with “genderqueer” is uncomfortable and forces them under a label they do not want.’
So, Kye Rowan created this non-binary flag in 2014.
Rowan described the white color as representing ‘people who are many or all genders’ while black represents those who are ‘agender or genderlessness.’
The purple is described as representing ‘fluidity and multiplicity of many gender experiences’ and yellow represents being ‘outside the binary.’
The intersex flag debuted in July 2013. OII Australia are an Australian organization for intersex people. They created the flag as something to bring intersex people together.
It was described as an ‘attempt to create something that is not derivative, but yet is firmly grounded in meaning.’
Yellow and purple were used as they are regarded by OII as ‘fairly gender neutral’ colors. Then, the circle ‘symbolizes wholeness or completeness.’
Marilyn Roxie created the genderqueer flag in 2011.
Roxie explained they had been struggling with their identity and wanted to create a flag ‘when I realized there wasn’t one.’
The flag went through different versions with ‘lettering and then different colors’ before they settled on the final design.
Lavender was used has it ‘happens to be a mix of pink and blue, stereotypical girls’ and boys’ colors.’ Roxie used to to represent a blending of ‘blending of boyishness and girlishness.’
The white is said to represent being without gender, or gender neutral. Then, green was used as it is the inverse of lavender and represents ‘identities beyond and without reference to the binary two.’
There’s also a flag for people who identify as genderfluid!
This flag was created in 2012 by JJ Poole.
The pink at the top represents femininity while the blue at the bottom represents masculinity.
White represents the lack of gender. The purple is described as representing the combination of masculinity and femininity.
Then finally, the black stripe represents all genders – including third genders.
12 Drag/Feather Pride
The Feather Pride Flag is a symbol for the Drag community.
It was created by artist Sean Campbell in 1999. It was used for the first time in a pride edition of GLT magazine in 2000.
The phoenix is said to represent the ‘fires of passion which the drag community had in the early days of HIV/AID epidemic, raising funds for research within the gay community.’
The demisexual flag reportedly started to surface on the internet around the same time as the asexual flag.
Exact explanations of the flag can be hard to track down. Some question the reason for this flag, when demisexuality is just a branch of asexuality.
The main difference between the asexual flag and the demisexual flag is the addition of the triangle.
One theory put forward is that it the triangle is meant to symbolize a ‘starting point, where you’re comfortable with your sexuality.’ Demisexuals need to be comfortable with someone before they’re able to feel romantic attraction.
Michael Page created the bisexual flag in 1998.
Pink represents same-sex attraction then blue represents opposite-sex attraction. They meet in the middle to create purple, a blend of the two.
The flag was first unveiled on 5 December 1998 at an anniversary party for Page’s site bicafe.com. It’s first official outing was on 22 March 1999 at an equality rally in Florida.
The asexual flag was created in the summer of 2010.
Black represents asexuality while gray represents gray-asexuals and demisexuality. White represents non-asexual partners and allies.
Finally, purple represents community.
There are a few varieties of the aromantic flag. This is just one of them.
Similar to asexual, aromanticism is when someone doesn’t experience romantic attraction at all, or very rarely.
17 Straight Ally
This ‘Straight Ally’ flag reportedly first emerged in the late 2000‘s.
It is a why for straight people to show they are proud allies of the LGBTI community.
The rainbow triangle is said to represent the A in activism or the A in ally.
The black and white background alludes to the heterosexual flag.
This is a flag for those who identify as agender, or genderless.
It began circulating on Tumblr in February 2014.
In this flag, black and white represent the complete absence of gender.
The grey is for identifying as semi or demi genderless. The green is said to represent those who identify as non-binary.