The Summer of 2019 began with a lot of PRIDE as we celebrated FIFTY YEARS of STONEWALL! It seemed like everywhere you looked, our flag was flying.
And it wasn’t flying solo.
Nope. Over the years, our flag’s wingspan had taken on a slew of familial members, and this handy dandy fun mix and match, which first appeared in the June 14th issue of Letters from CAMP Rehoboth, was a celebration of a few of our LGBTQ+ flyers.
So now, as our Summer ends and Fall begins, and the “Summer People” roll up their flags until next year, let’s take one last look.
Can you match the representation to their stripes?
- Transgender Flag-Flag J Designed by Monica Helms in 1999. Blue for traditional male, pink for traditional female, white for transitioning, intersex, or genderqueer.
- Bisexual Flag-Flag E Designed by Michael Page in 1998. Pink for homosexuality, blue for heterosexuality, purple for an attraction to both.
- Asexual Flag-Flag B Designed by the Asexual Visibility and Education Network in 2010. Black for asexuality, gray for asexuality and demi-sexuality, white for non-asexual partners and allies, and purple for “community.”
- Ally Flag-Flag L Black and white to represent heterosexuality with an arrow from the rainbow flag for solidarity.
- Intersex Flag-Flag M Designed by Intersex Human Rights Australia to be “grounded in meaning, but not derivative.” The yellow and purple for “hermaphrodite”’ colors; the circle for “wholeness and completeness.”
- Pansexual Flag-Flag H Blue for those who identify in the male spectrum; pink for those who identify in the female spectrum; and yellow for non-binary.
- Polyamorous Flag-Flag I Blue for openness and honesty; red for love and passion; black for solidarity; and the Greek letter π (pi) for the first letter of “polyamory.”
- Philadelphia Rainbow Flag-Flag K This is the 2017 new Philadelphia Rainbow Flag: The black and brown stripes are to symbolize the inclusion of black and brown people in the LGBTQ community, “More Color More Pride.”
- Agender Flag-Flag N Black and white for the absence of gender; green for non-binary.
- Non-Binary Flag-Flag D This is the non-binary flag: Designed by 17-year-old Kye Rowan in 2001. Yellow for those whose gender exists outside of the binary, white for those who embrace many or all genders, purple for those who identify as a combination of male and female, and black for those who identify with no gender.
- Leather Pride Flag-Flag C This is the Leather Pride Flag: Designed by Tony DeBlase in 1989. Tony does not ascribe meaning to the flag’s colors and symbols, although many people say the heart represents the leather community’s charity work.
- Gender Fluid/Gender Flexible Flag-G Pink for femininity, white for lack of gender, purple for combination of masculinity and femininity, black for all genders— including third genders, and blue for masculinity.
- Genderqueer Flag-A Designed by Marilyn Roxie in 2011. Lavender for androgyny, white for agender, and green for nonbinary.
- Bear Flag-Flag F Designed by Craig Byrnes in 1995 for the International Bear Brotherhood. The colors represent actual colors of bears’ (the animals’) fur around the world. They also represent the inclusion of bears (the gay subculture) around the world.