Prizm News / June 13, 2018 / By Bridget Sarpong
Prizm photos from Pride in the CLE, Cleveland.

LGBTQ+ identities are proudly displayed, worn and waved in the colors and symbols of our community.

 

By Bridget Sarpong

Flags as capes seems to be a new Pride trend, based on what we’ve seen so far this month at celebrations in Cleveland, Dayton, Newark and Athens.

Here’s what all the colors and symbols mean:

 

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RAINBOW FLAG
Most recognized flag for the LGBTQ community, designed by Gilbert Baker

Representation:
Red = Life
Orange = Healing
Yellow = Sunlight
Green = Nature
Indigo = Serenity
Violet = Spirit

 

PHILADELPHIA RAINBOW FLAG
In 2017, Philadelphia Pride organizers introduced a new rainbow flag, with black and brown stripes meant to symbolize the inclusion of black and brown people in the LGBTQIA community. It’s part of an effort dubbed “More Color More Pride.”

 

TRANSGENDER FLAG
Designed by Monica Helms in 1999

Representation:
Light Blue = Traditional color for boys
Soft Pink = Traditional color girls
White = For those who are intersex, transitioning or who identify with a neutral or undefined gender

 

PANSEXUAL FLAG
Unknown origin

Representation:
Pink = Identify as female
Yellow = Identify as no gender
Blue = Identify as male

 

 

INTERSEX FLAG
Designed by the organization Intersex International-Australia in 2013

Representation:
Yellow = Long considered the “hermaphrodite” color
Circle = unbroken and unadorned, symbolizing wholeness, completeness and potential

 

BISEXUAL FLAG
Designed by Michael Page in 1998

Representation:
Pink = Sexual attraction to the same sex only
Blue = Sexual attraction to the opposite sex only
Purple = Sexual attraction to both sexes

 

ASEXUAL FLAG
Designed by the Asexual Visibility and Education Network in 2010, created for individuals who do not experience sexual attraction

Representation:
Black = Asexuality
Gray = Asexuality and Demisexuality
White = Non-asexual allies and partners
Purple = Community

 

AGENDER FLAG
Unknown origin

Representation:
Black and white = Absence of gender
Green = Non-binary

 

 

NON-BINARY FLAG
Designed by 17-year-old Kye Rowan in 2014

Representation:
Yellow = Represents those whose gender exists outside of the binary
White = Represents those who embrace many or all genders
Purple = Represents those who identify as combination of male and female
Black = Represents those who identify with no gender

 

BEAR FLAG
Designed by Craig Byrnes for the International Bear Brotherhood in 1995

Representation:
The colors represent the actual colors of bears’ (the animals) fur around the world. They also represent the inclusion of bears (the gay subculture) around the world.

 

LEATHER PRIDE FLAG
Designed by Tony DeBlase in 1989

Representation:
DeBlase has said he leaves it to others to interpret the meaning of the flag’s colors and symbols. Many say the heart represents the leather community’s charity work.

 

Bob Vitale
Bob Vitale is the editor of Prizm. A Toledo native and graduate of Toledo Public Schools, he has worked as a local government and politics reporter for The Columbus Dispatch, as a Washington correspondent for Thomson Newspapers and as editor-in-chief for Outlook Ohio. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science from Ball State University and a master's degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield. Contact: BobVitale@prizmnews.com