Pride Flag Glossary

The meanings & histories of the LGBTQ+, GNC, MOGAI, Subculture pride flags & more all in one place. I felt like this might be more helpful than searching multiple places.

  • Agender
  • Aromantic
  • Asexual
  • Bear
  • Bisexual
  • Demiboy
  • Demigirl
  • Demisexual
  • Gender-fluid
  • Genderqueer
  • Intersex
  • Labrys
  • Leather
  • Lesbian
  • Non-binary
  • Pansexual
  • Polysexual
  • Progress
  • Transgender
  • QPOC
  • Agender Pride Enamel Pin by Bianca DesignsAgender Pride

    Agender is a term which can be literally translated as 'without gender'. It can be seen either as a non-binary gender identity or as a statement of not having a gender identity.

    Many agender people also identify as genderqueer, non-binary and/or transgender. However, some agender people prefer to avoid these terms, especially transgender, as they feel this implies identifying as a gender other than their assigned gender, while they in fact do not identify as any gender at all. In fact, the term agender is considered an oxymoron among many. Since it is a lack of gender, some feel that it should not be labeled as a gender at all.

    Aromantic Pride Enamel Pin by Bianca DesignsAromantic Pride

    Aromantic (or Aro) is a romantic orientation on the aromantic spectrum. Some reasons for identifying as aromantic can include disinterest in romantic relationships, an absence of romantic attraction, or aversion to romance.

    Aromantics may vary in their relationship preferences, but their preferences are those of a non-romantic attraction, such as a platonic attraction, or a desire of wanting to be in a platonic relationship. Some aromantics want to be in a platonic relationship and have a platonic partner, while others are completely nonamorous and non-partnering. There are many ways to be aromantic.

    Ace Pride Enamel Pin by Bianca Designs

    Asexual Pride

    Asexuality is the lack of sexual attraction to others, or low or absent interest in or desire for sexual activity. It may be considered a sexual orientation or the lack thereof. It may also be categorized more widely to include a broad spectrum of asexual sub-identities.

    Asexuality is distinct from abstention from sexual activity and from celibacy, which are behavioral and generally motivated by factors such as an individual's personal or religious beliefs. Sexual orientation, unlike sexual behavior, is believed to be "enduring". Some asexual people engage in sexual activity despite lacking sexual attraction or a desire for sex, due to a variety of reasons, such as a desire to pleasure themselves or romantic partners, or a desire to have children.

    Bear Pride Enamel Pin by Bianca DesignsBear Pride

    The gay bear culture celebrates secondary sex characteristics such as growth of body hair and facial hair, which is typically considered a "bear" trait.

    The International Bear Brotherhood Flag was designed to represent the bear subculture within the LGBT community. The colours of the flag are meant to include the colours of the furs of animal bears throughout the world, not necessarily referring to human skin and hair colour tones: Dark brown, orange/rust, golden yellow, tan, white, gray, and black. The flag was designed with inclusion in mind.

    Bisexual Pride Enamel Pin by Bianca DesignsBisexual Pride

    Bisexuality is romantic attraction, sexual attraction, or sexual behavior toward both males and females, or to more than one sex or gender. It may also be defined as romantic or sexual attraction to people of any sex or gender identity, which is also known as pansexuality.

    The bisexual pride flag was designed by Michael Page in 1998 in order to give the bisexual community its own symbol comparable to the gay pride flag of the larger LGBT community. His aim was to increase the visibility of bisexuals, both among society as a whole and within the LGBT community. The first bisexual pride flag was unveiled at the BiCafe's first anniversary party on December 5, 1998 after Page was inspired by his work with BiNet USA.

    Demiboy Pride Enamel Pin by Bianca DesignsDemiboy Pride

    A demiboy, also called demiguy, is someone whose gender identity is only partly male, regardless of their assigned gender at birth. They may or may not identify as another gender in addition to feeling partially a boy or man. They may also define their identity as both male and genderless (agender).

    Alternatively, demiguy can be used to describe someone assigned male at birth who feels but the barest association with that identification, though not a significant enough dissociation to create real physical discomfort or dysphoria, or someone assigned female at birth who is trans masculine but not wholly binary-identified, so that they feel more strongly associated with 'male' than 'female,' socially or physically, but not strongly enough to justify an absolute self-identification as 'man'.

    Demigirl Pride Enamel Pin by Bianca DesignsDemigirl Pride

    A demigirl is someone who only partially (not wholly) identifies as a girl or woman, whatever their assigned gender at birth. They may or may not identify as another gender in addition to feeling partially a girl or woman. May also use the terms demigal, demifemale or demiwoman.

    Alternatively, demigirl can be used to describe someone assigned female at birth who feels but the barest association with that identification, though not a significant enough dissociation to create real physical discomfort or dysphoria, or someone assigned male at birth who is trans feminine but not wholly binary-identified, so that they feel more strongly associated with “female” than “male,” socially or physically, but not strongly enough to justify an absolute self-identification as "woman".

    Demisexual Pride Enamel Pin by Bianca DesignsDemisexual Pride

    A demisexual person is someone who does not experience sexual attraction to another person unless or until they have formed an emotional connection with that person. (edit: and also possibly just an Intellectual connection) It's more commonly seen in, but by no means confined, to romantic relationships. The term demisexual comes from the orientation being "halfway between" sexual and asexual. Nevertheless, this term does not mean that demisexuals have an incomplete or half-sexuality, nor does it mean that sexual attraction without emotional connection is required for a complete sexuality.

    When describing demisexuality as an orientation, it is often mistaken as an admirable choice rather than an innate orientation. Demisexuals are not choosing to abstain; they simply lack sexual attraction until a close, emotional, relationship is formed (edit: and an emotionally bonded situation is often first an Intellectual bond).

    Gender-fluid Pride Enamel Pin by Bianca DesignsGender-fluid Pride

    Gender fluid is a gender identity which refers to a gender which varies over time. A gender fluid person may at any time identify as male, female, neutrois, or any other non-binary identity, or some combination of identities. Their gender can also vary at random or vary in response to different circumstances. Gender fluid people may also identify as multigender, non-binary and/or transgender. Genderfluid people may feel more comfortable using gender neutral pronouns and have a androgynous gender expression.

    Gender fluid people who feel that the strength of their gender(s) change(s) over time, or that they are sometimes agender, demigender, and a full gender may identify as genderflux.

    Genderqueer Pride Enamel Pin by Bianca DesignsGenderqueer Pride

    Genderqueer is an umbrella term with a similar meaning to non-binary. It can be used to describe any gender identities other than man and woman, thus outside of the gender binary. Genderqueer identities can include one or more of the following: both man and woman, neither man nor woman (genderless, agender, Neutrois), moving between genders (gender fluid), third gender or other-gender, those who do not or cannot place a name to their gender and/or having an overlap of, or blurred lines between, gender identity and sexual orientation.

    Intersex Pride Enamel Pin by Bianca DesignsIntersex Pride

    Intersex people are born with sex characteristics, such as genitals, gonads, and chromosome patterns that, according to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, "do not fit the typical definitions for male or female bodies".

    The Intersex flag was created in July 2013 by Morgan Carpenter of Intersex Human Rights Australia (then known as Organisation Intersex International Australia) to create a flag "that is not derivative, but is yet firmly grounded in meaning". The circle is described as "unbroken and unornamented, symbolising wholeness and completeness, and our potentialities. We are still fighting for bodily autonomy and genital integrity, and this symbolises the right to be who and how we want to be."

    Labrys Pride Enamel Pin by Bianca DesignsLabrys Pride

    The Labrys Pride Flag is a symbol for the lesbian feminist community. The elements in this flag are the labrys, a double-sided axe used in ancient Minoan civilization as a religious symbol often associated with female divinity and priestesses; and in European, African, and Asian matriarchal societies as both a weapon and a harvesting tool. In Roman Crete, the labrys was often associated with the mythological Amazons.

    The labrys was adopted in the 1970s by lesbian feminists as a symbol representing strength and empowerment. The color violet became associated with lesbians through the representation of the violet flower as a symbol of lesbian love, which originates from a poem by Sappho about a lost love wearing a garland of "violet tiaras, braided rosebuds, dill and crocus". The labrys is superimposed within an inverted black triangle rooted in Nazi Germany. Similar to the pink triangle design, the black triangle was used in concentration camps to designate prisoners with anti-social behavior, which included lesbians.

    The flag was created in 1999 by graphic artist Sean Campbell and first used in 2000 as a graphic element for the Pride issue of the Gay and Lesbian Times (Palms Springs edition) newspaper.

    Leather Pride Enamel Pin by Bianca DesignsLeather Pride

    The Leather Pride Flag is a symbol for the leather community, which encompasses those who are into leather, Levi’s, sado-masochism, bondage and domination, uniform, cowboys, rubber, and other fetishes. The flag was created by artist Tony DeBlase and first displayed on May 28, 1989, at the Mr. Leather contest in Chicago. Although the flag is often common in the gay community, it is not a gay-only symbol.

    Lesbian Pride Enamel Pin by Bianca DesignsLesbian Pride

    A lesbian is a homosexual woman. The word lesbian is also used for women in relation to their sexual identity or sexual behavior, regardless of sexual orientation, or as an adjective to characterize or associate nouns with female homosexuality or same-sex attraction.

    The original lesbian flag has often been referred to as the lipstick lesbian flag. It consists of six shades of red and pink colors and a white bar in the center. The "lipstick lesbian" flag represents "homosexual women who have a more feminine gender expression".

    The lesbian community pride flag with a dark orange bar indicating 'gender nonconforming' was created and introduced on social media in 2018.

    LGBTQ+ Rainbow Pride Enamel Pin by Bianca Designs

    LGBTQ+ Pride

    A symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) pride and LGBTQ social movements.

    Originally devised by artist Gilbert Baker, the design has undergone several revisions since its debut in 1978, first to remove colors then restore them based on availability of fabrics. The traditional and still most common variant consists of six stripes: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet.

    Non-binary Pride Enamel Pin by Bianca DesignsNon-Binary Pride

    Non-binary is a spectrum of gender identities that are not exclusively masculine or feminine-‌identities that are outside the gender binary. Genderqueer is an earlier term with the same meaning, originating from queer zines of the 1980s. Non-binary identities can fall under the transgender umbrella, since many non-binary people identify with a gender that is different from their assigned sex.

    Non-binary people may identify as having two or more genders (being bigender or trigender); having no gender (agender, nongendered, genderless, genderfree or neutrois); moving between genders or having a fluctuating gender identity (genderfluid); being third gender or other-gendered (a category that includes those who do not place a name to their gender).

    Gender identity is separate from sexual or romantic orientation, and non-binary people have a variety of sexual orientations, just as cisgender people do.

    A non-binary gender is not associated with a specific gender expression, such as androgyny. Non-binary people as a group have a wide variety of gender expressions, and some may reject gender "identities" altogether.

    Pansexual Pride Enamel Pin by Bianca DesignsPansexual Pride

    Pansexuality, or omnisexuality, is the sexual, romantic or emotional attraction towards people regardless of their sex or gender identity. Pansexual people may refer to themselves as gender-blind, asserting that gender and sex are not determining factors in their romantic or sexual attraction to others.

    Pansexuality may be considered a sexual orientation in its own right or a branch of bisexuality, to indicate an alternative sexual identity. Because pansexual people are open to relationships with people who do not identify as strictly men or women, and pansexuality therefore rejects the gender binary, it is often considered a more inclusive term than bisexual. The extent to which the term bisexual is inclusive when compared with the term pansexual is debated within the LGBT community, especially the bisexual community.

    Polysexual Pride Enamel Pin by Bianca DesignsPolysexual Pride

    Polysexuality (not be confused with polyamory) is a sexual orientation related to bisexuality and pansexuality. While bisexuality is defined as being attracted to both men and women, and pansexuality is defined as being attracted to all genders (including non-binary ones), polysexuality is defined as being attracted to more than one gender and/or form of gender expression, but not all.

    A polysexual, might, for example, be attracted to femininity, and thus find themselves attracted to women (both cis and trans), afab people who are feminine, and amab people who are feminine, regardless of the gender identity of the last two. However, as the polysexual in our example is not attracted to most men, it would be a misnomer to call them a bisexual or a pansexual. This particular polysexual person could be called "femmephilic", as they are attracted to femininity, but the attraction is not limited to women.

    Progress Pride by Quasar Enamel Pin by Bianca DesignsProgress Pride

    When the Pride flag was recreated in the last year to include both black/brown stripes, as well as the trans stripes, Quasar wanted to see if there could be more emphasis in the design of the flag to give it more meaning.

    The 6 stripe LGBTQ flag should be separated from the newer stripes because of their difference in meaning, as well as to shift focus and emphasis to what is important in our current community climate. The trans flag stripes 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. Read more here

    Transgender Pride Enamel Pin by Bianca DesignsTransgender Pride

    Transgender people have a gender identity or gender expression that differs from their sex assigned at birth. Some transgender people who desire medical assistance to transition from one sex to another identify as transsexual. Transgender – often shortened as trans – is also an umbrella term: in addition to including people whose gender identity is the opposite of their assigned sex (trans men and trans women), it may include people who are not exclusively masculine or feminine (people who are non-binary or genderqueer, including bigender, pangender, genderfluid, or agender). Other definitions of transgender also include people who belong to a third gender, or else conceptualize transgender people as a third gender.

    Being transgender is independent of sexual orientation: transgender people may identify as heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, asexual, or may decline to label their sexual orientation. The term transgender is also distinguished from intersex, a term that describes people born with physical sex characteristics "that do not fit typical binary notions of male or female bodies". The opposite of transgender is cisgender, which describes persons whose gender identity or expression matches their assigned sex.

    The Transgender Pride Flag was created by American trans woman Monica Helms in 1999, and was first shown at a pride parade in Phoenix, Arizona, United States in 2000. The flag represents the transgender community and consists of five horizontal stripes: two light blue, two pinks, and one white in the center.

    QPOC Philly Pride Enamel Pin by Bianca DesignsQPOC Philly Pride

    A new flag introduced by Philadelphia intended as a symbol of advocacy for LGBTQ+ POC. “The black and brown stripes are an inclusionary way to highlight black and brown LGBTQIA members within our community,” said one source involved with the flag-raising event who asked not to be named. “With all of the black and brown activism that’s worked to address racism in the Gayborhood over the past year, I think the new flag is a great step for the city to show the world that they’re working toward fully supporting all members of our community.”